PHSCE at Kenmont
The intent of the PHSCE curriculum at Kenmont Primary School is to incite children to become informed, reflective, and responsible citizens of an ever-changing society. We aim to ensure that children at Kenmont are challenged academically, socially and morally in order for them to become confident, articulate and independent members of society. By engendering a safe, nurturing environment, we hope the children at Kenmont can express themselves and feel a sense of self-worth each day. We hope that by the time children leave Kenmont, they are self-assured, well-rounded young people who strive to achieve their full potentials.
Our curriculum is designed to give all children a good understanding of the world around them and how to succeed as healthy, reflective and responsible members of society. Key themes are addressed across the year groups, being studied and discussed at greater depth as the children progress in the school. PHSCE is taught weekly as a stand-alone session. Lessons are taught mainly through discussions using resources from the PSHE Association where necessary. Appropriate and correct terminology is taught. Main ideas are promoted each day by the school staff as well as being embedded in Kenmont’s values.
By the end of their time at Kenmont, pupils will:
- have considered and discussed a range of concepts that promote good citizenship.
- feel they are valued members of society.
The PHSCE curriculum at Kenmont Primary School has been developed to meet the needs of the pupils. We strive to provide our pupils with a coherent, meaningful curriculum that addresses key questions which challenge them to become responsible citizens.
Pupils at Kenmont are taught essential skills through whole-class discussions around specific topics surrounding key themes (Rights and Responsibilities, Feelings and Friendship, Money, Safety and Risk, Health and Identity). Our curriculum is informed by quality resources produced by the PSHE Association.
Teachers aim to establish a safe, positive and conducive environment where children are comfortable to share their thoughts, feelings and reflections. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of PSHE involves the following:
- Children are introduced to one of the 6 key themes.
- Children are asked a specific question relating to the theme. Initial ideas are shared.
- A teacher-facilitated discussion can be supported using PSHE Association approved resources. Gaps in understanding, misconceptions and any uncertainties are addressed.
- Children are encouraged to listen to the views shared and build on them to have a productive discussion/debate.
- New ideas and learning can be noted on the interactive flipchart, in class floor books, and/or in reflective journals. Activities linked to the key question can be used to support the learning.
- Teachers may find opportunities to develop pupils’ understanding through workshops with experts.
- Links are made with other subjects across the curriculum for children to consolidate their understanding and apply them in different contexts.
Kenmont also partakes in campaigns, such as Anti-Bullying Week and Kindness Day across the academic year.
The impact and measure of this is that children will acquire appropriate skills to aid them in becoming responsible citizens who understand they belong to local and global communities, with an appropriate understanding of how the world operates. This should support them in thriving and making well-informed decisions in both their school and everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A broad understanding of topics within the six key themes.
- A range of vocabulary and understanding of terminology connected to these themes.
- Greater self-esteem and self-worth.
Relationships Education at Kenmont
At Kenmont Primary School, positive relationships are fundamental to our culture and our success as a safe, welcoming and supportive school. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is learning about relationships, emotions, self-care, identity, differences, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children to acquire the appropriate knowledge while forming positive beliefs and attitudes.
RSE is taught as explicit lessons as part of the PSHE and Science curriculums at Kenmont Primary School. It is also embedded in the daily life of the school.
In PHSCE, RSE is covered in the units: Feelings and Friendship, Health, Identity and Rights and Responsibilities in Years 1 to 6. It is covered as part of the Personal, Social and Emotional Development curriculum in EYFS. RSE is covered in: Animals including Humans and Living Things and Their Habitats in Science.
Children are taught by class teachers to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive themes in a safe environment. Children in Years 5 and 6 receive more specialised sessions from an external expert who leads safe discussions at an age-appropriate level.
The RSE curriculum has been mapped out in the PHSCE curriculum and these are delivered at the appropriate stage for the children. Children will develop key knowledge and skills to prepare them for the world beyond life at Kenmont where they will be able to forge positive relationships with those around them.
The impact of our curriculum will be that children will become confident individuals who have positive body awareness and an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy. They will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of people.
The implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum will be evaluated yearly to ensure the children across all year groups will receive the necessary support to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships of all kinds and a secure knowledge to navigate these now and in the future.
Relationships Education (subject links)
Relationships education is taught across a range of subjects: PHSCE, Science, Computing and PE. The below documents details the links across our curriculum.
Relationships Education Policy
The school provides greater detail on the teaching of RSE at Kenmont within our Relationships Education Policy which can be viewed on our policies page.
Progression of Skills and Knowledge
PSHCE progression of skills and knowledge document details how our curriculum builds pupils knowledge and skills over their time at the school.