PSHE and RSE at Coppice Primary School and Nursery
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery we encourage all children to achieve their full potential in all aspects of the curriculum. As well as placing a strong emphasis on academic subjects, we also realise the importance of a delivering a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares children for life in modern Britain.
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Coppice Primary School and Nursery, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
If you would like to find out more about how we teach PHSE and RSE feel free to speak to a member of the teaching team. Alternatively, your questions may be answered by reading our combined PHSE and RSE policy.
This policy is reviewed annually. It is in line with the new DFE requirements. We are currently collecting parental views so that it can be produced to reflect the views received in the parental consultation progress.
- Scheme of Work
As a school we use the Derbyshire County Council scheme of work 'PSHE Matters' . This scheme has been updated and is in line with the new DFE requirements for teaching PSHE and RSE which came into effect in April 2021.
PSHE Matters is a spiral curriculum. This means that your child will revisit key themes several times throughout their learning journey with us. For example, 'Being Responsible' is taught in year 1, year 3 and year 5. Each year they will revisit prior learning and build upon this. We hope that by delivering our curriculum in this way will allow children to gain an in depth understanding of each aspect covered and prepare them for life outside of Coppice.
PSHE Matters has three key themes running through it's teaching.
1. Health and Well-Being
3. Living in the Wider World
PSHE Matters is split in to twelve key topics. Throughout these twelve topics the three key themes are interweaved. These are split in to our rolling cycle program which you can see below.
Our Key Stage 1 cycle:
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 1||Being Responsible||Bullying Matters||Difference and Diversity||Exploring Emotions||Being Healthy||Relationships|
|Year 2||Being Me||
|Being Safe (Internet Safety Day)||Money Matters||Growing Up||Changes|
Our Lower Key Stage 2 cycle:
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 3||Being Healthy||Bullying Matters||Exploring Emotions||Being Responsible||Difference and Diversity||Relationships and Sex Education|
|Year 4||Being Me||
|Drug Education (Internet Safety Day)||Money Matters||Changes||Growing up and Sex Education|
Our Upper Key Stage 2 cycle:
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 5||Being Healthy||Bullying Matters||Being Responsible||Exploring Emotions||Relationships and Sex Education||Difference and Diversity|
|Year 6||Being Me||Being Safe (Anti-bullying Week)||
(Internet Safety Day)
|Changes||Growing Up and Sex Education||Drug Education|
-PSHE Matters Sticky Knowledge Organisers
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery we strongly believe that parents should work in partnership with us. Therefore, as a school, we have made some 'sticky knowledge' PSHE and RSE organisers to share with our parents at the start of each half term. These knowledge organisers show you what we are hoping to learn each half term, the vocabulary we will be using and provide parents with some activities that they can do at home.
Please click on the relevant topic name to open the knowledge organiser you require.
|Being Responsible||Bullying Matters||Difference and Diversity||Exploring Emotions||Being Healthy||Relationships|
|Drug Education||Being Safe||Money Matters||Growing Up||Changes|
|Being Healthy||Bullying Matters||Exploring Emotions||Being Responsible||Difference and Diversity||
Relationships and Sex Education
|Money Matters||Changes||Growing Up and Sex Education|
|Being Healthy||Bullying Matters||Being Responsible||Relationships and Sex Education||Difference and Diversity|
|Being Me||Being Safe||
|Changes||Growing Up and Sex Education||
-PSHE Matters Assessment Booklets
As a school we have made pupil passports (assessment booklets) to help us assess children within our lessons. Tracking pupils in this way, allows us to provide specific and timely interventions when needed. Please click on the following links to see our pupil passports.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at Coppice Primary School
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. Due to COVID 19 schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.
Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. For Secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. Where schools provide sex education at key stages 1 and 2, parents will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationships Education, Health Education or what is taught in the Science National curriculum.
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a general consensus. Consequently, as part of our curriculum review we would appreciate your views on our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained within the policy and FAQs which is on our website.
-Why is RSE important?
- Our ability to make, maintain and perhaps even end healthy, positive and productive relationships is part of what makes us human and is fundamental to a caring and supportive society. Our relationships come in a wide variety of forms: colleagues, family, casual acquaintances, close friendships and eventually, sexual.
- Our children learn by looking at and listening to all the messages they experience. They are constantly trying to make sense of the world around them.
- In our society, children are confronted with sexual images in advertising and stories and messages about celebrity lifestyles and relationships in the media. Pornography is readily available on the internet. How many parents have found themselves saying, ‘I can’t believe my child asked/knew/thought that!’?
- Using their natural curiosity combined with wonderful ‘child logic’, our young children often put together their own complex ideas about where babies come from. This understanding can be a mixture of correct, almost correct and completely incorrect ideas.
- Many children will also enter puberty whilst still at primary school and without suitable preparation from parents at home. This can be a confusing, embarrassing and even distressing time.
-What is the purpose of RSE in Primary Schools?
- A planned, progressive programme of RSE gradually and appropriately begins to prepare our children for adult life. It teaches the skills they need to fully manage the natural physical and emotional changes that will happen to them as they grow and mature into healthy, confident and responsible adults.
- RSE teaches the skills children need to develop positive healthy relationships. It supports their moral development, helping them to understand themselves and to respect and care for others.
-What will my child learn at Coppice Primary School and Nursery?
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery we teach RSE through our normal classroom practice and discussions and through discrete RSE lessons. RSE is taught at an age appropriate level in all year groups from Reception to Year 6.
Our curriculum prepares children for secondary school where learning will continue and broaden.
Please note parents have the right to withdraw their child from RSE teaching however, the aspects of RSE which are taught in other aspects of the curriculum, such as Science, are in the National Curriculum and therefore they are compulsory. Please see the policy for more details about the right to withdraw and the process that needs to be adhered to.
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery, we ensure we provide a PSHCE and RSE curriculum that prepares children for life beyond Coppice. As a team we have agreed some whole school values which summarise what you can expect from all of our PSHCE and RSE lessons.
-Guidance for RSE
- Please click here to open some advice on answering awkward questions
- Please click here to open the DFE guidance for parents on RSE
- Please click here to open some guidance for parents about how to talk to children about RSE
- DFE parents frequently asked questions about RSE answered
- The evidence behind RSE
-Parent Workshop and Consultation
During March 2021, we are consulting with our parents through an online google documents form in order to gain a parental perspective on our RSE curriculum and teaching. If preferred, parents can request a paper version by contacting the school office.
In order to inform their / your responses, we have emailed out an information power point which can be accessed below.
Parental responses will be analysed and taken in to consideration when finalising our policy and curriculum. Once complete a summary of our parental responses will be found below.
Click here to find a summary of our parental responses
At Coppice Primary School and Nursery we are committed to working in collaboration with our school community. Therefore, we are in the process of setting up a 'RSE and PHSE Parent Voice Group'.
Due to Covid-19 and the current restrictions in place, these parent workshops will be virtual.
Our Parent Group will meet three times a year to:
- Discuss PSHE and RSE
- Help organise key PHSE / RSE events
- Help organise the lending library
- Support the production of parent guidance
- Put forward parental views, ideas and suggestions
If you would like to join the group, please contact Miss Bestwick via email at email@example.com . Please put 'PSHE and RSE Parent Support Group' as the title of the email. Please also give your child's name and class details.
We look forward to hearing from you!
As a school, we are working hard to support our pupils, parents and staff by creating a lending library of books to support all of the themes covered within our RSE and PHSE curriculum.
Books are a brilliant, relaxed way to open up discussions both at home and in school.
Our books fall in to the following themes:
- social issues / friendship
- worry / anxiety
- puberty / growing up
- internet safety
- separation / divorce
- loss / death
Teachers may offer you a book or you may request one through emailing the office or your child's class teacher. If there is something you would like support with and you are not sure which resource to ask for, please speak to your child's class teacher who will be able to suggest a relevant book / resource.
Our lending library is a ongoing project. The more grants and donations we get the more books we will buy!
This shows the books we have under each theme and includes a brief synopsis of each book.
- Family Lives - there are lots of videos to use to support different topic areas.
- CHSPC - a website including tips on how to keep your child safe
- NSPCC - tips and advice on talking about PANTS with your child
- PSHE association - more information on PSHE education for parents
- FPA - a website with tips about how to talk to your child about RSE
- Sex Ed Rescue - a website with tips about how to talk to your child about RSE
- Outspoken - a website with advice for RSE split in to age ranges and topics