Relationships and Health Education

PSHE Curriculum Statement

‘We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future’ – Franklin D.Roosevelt

In line with the National Curriculum 2014, and Section 78 of the Education Act 2002, PSHE at Fairhaven Primary School is taught and embedded across the whole school as part of our broad and balanced curriculum that: 

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and society, and, 
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. 

Our PSHE curriculum includes the teaching of relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) which is a statutory requirement for schools in England.

At Fairhaven, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos of being a happy, caring and safe school, that supports the personal and social development of our children. PSHE and RSHE, is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. Through our curriculum, we aim to equip children with the appropriate knowledge and skills to lead happy, healthy lives and to become independent and responsible members of society. We aim to support them in forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes, and to appreciate what it means to be a part of a diverse society. 
Curriculum planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Teachers use Discovery Education’s Health and Relationships programme which covers the complete set of relationships and health education objectives for primary schools. 

We follow a spiral curriculum plan which allows for children to build on their learning year by year. The curriculum is split into 6 key areas which are revisited – Coping with change, healthy and happy relationships, similarities and differences, caring and responsibility, families and committed relationships, and healthy bodies and healthy minds. Content is often overlapped and repeated to enable children to develop, practise and apply knowledge and skills across different contexts and situations. 

Weekly themes are  introduced at the start of the week as part of whole school wellbeing assemblies. They are then built upon in weekly PSHE lessons taught in class groups – allowing children to revisit prior learning and continue with progression of skills and knowledge at the appropriate level for their year group/class. Our core values of belief, friendship, diversity and achievement are the golden threads that also help us to embed PSHE learning in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life across the school. 

Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them. 
The impact is measured against objectives and outcomes each lesson. Activities within lessons are designed to meet learning objectives and provide opportunities for teachers to evidence progression and pupil achievement of learning outcomes. Baseline assessments are carried out at the start of each lesson to allow teachers to assess what children already know/think or can do, and are often revisited at the end of the lesson to highlight progress that has been made.  

At the end of Key Stage 2, children will leave us ready for their next step into secondary school – armed with skills, knowledge and understanding that they can take forward into adulthood. They will: 

-demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others
-understand how they have developed and continue to develop personally and socially
-have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere 
-take responsibility for their actions
-have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and happy
-how to develop and maintain positive relationships
-have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society 
-demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty
-be equipped to ‘be the very best they can be’