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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health and economic education (PSHE) is a subject that focuses on developing the skills and attributes of children to keep them healthy, safe and prepare them for the real world. It is the collective aim of the staff at Tennyson Road to develop and nurture our students so that they have an awareness of themselves, their relationships and the world around them.

There are three main themes under the umbrella of PSHE:

  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world

The themes are taught in a spiral curriculum, meaning that each year similar themes are revisited and are made more complex. At each stage our lessons are age appropriate and are taught using well-made resources (Jed and Ted, Christopher Winter project, Go-givers) which are available to look at upon request. Our teachers are supported to be adaptive and responsive in their PSHE teaching, they often use situation-based examples that are relevant to their classes.

At Tennyson Road we are proud to have relationships with local businesses and charities that support the work that we do in school. We have a celebrating cultures day that celebrates the diversity of our school in September, Mental health week (affiliated with CHUMS), Anti-Bullying days and Money week.

SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)

At Tennyson Road Primary School we follow a whole school approach to SRE education.

We use the Christopher Winter Project which is a comprehensive learning programme from Reception up to Year 6.  It is age appropriate and children are initially taught about themselves and their family moving up to puberty and relationships in year 6.  This project has been highly recommended by the Local Authority and we firmly believe that it helps and supports us to safeguard our pupils and meets the new framework for September 2020, which includes relationships.

This is a non-compulsory project that takes place in the summer term.  If you wish to withdraw your child from SRE lessons please put this in writing to your child's class teacher.

At Tennyson Road Primary we firmly believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum for our pupils that also involves a comprehensive SRE (Sex and relationship education) scheme of work.  We have SRE lessons from Foundation up to Year 6 and follow The Christopher Winter project (CWP) resource 'Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools.' This programme reflects the recent developments in SRE and the Science National Curriculum.

Within the resource there is an increased focus on safeguarding/keeping children safe. The resource also encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends.

It is age appropriate for each year group, for example, in Reception the focus is on daily routines, keeping clean and families. From Year 1 children will learn the names of the body parts, the differences between males and females and the ways in which they will develop and grow. Importantly, they will also learn to recognise unsafe and risky situations and to ask for help.

The curriculum continues to develop their knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty and about reproduction.

In Year 6 there is an added extra lesson on internet safety and communication in relationships which runs alongside the work we do throughout the year on internet safety.

The SRE programme is delivered during the summer term and we communicate with parents before the start date to fully inform parents and carers how the scheme is delivered.