PSHCE and RSE
PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, dealing with the areas which children need to learn about to keep themselves and others safe and health.
At Rickleton Primary PSHCE is taught throughout the school from EYFS to KS2. We aim to give our pupils the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and to help them make the right choices, develop confidence and self-esteem; ultimately preparing them for their future life and work in modern Britain. Treating others with consideration and mutual respect, being thoughtful in actions and planning for the future as responsible citizens are our intended outcomes.
Our pupils are given the opportunity to explore issues in a caring and non-judgmental environment with staff and pupils they know well.
Our PSHCE curriculum has six main themes:
Me and my relationships
Keeping myself safe
My healthy lifestyle
Me and my future
Becoming an active citizen
Keeping safe, growth mindset and positive mental health as well as pupil voice are weaved throughout each theme.
Throughout the six themes we focus on E-safety, Sex and relationships education – including LGBT+ inclusion and HBT bullying, Drugs, alcohol and tobacco and wider risk-taking behaviours, Healthy lifestyles – both physical and emotional wellbeing, Careers education and personal finance, Citizenship and Emotional health and wellbeing – including anti-bullying learning outcomes.
Throughout the year, we often tailor pupil learning events such as specific focus weeks or whole school assemblies to support their PSHCE education.
Wherever possible we seek to make cross curricular links for pupils with related topics in science, mathematics, religious education, history, geography and any other related subjects.
Details of the PSHCE themes and curriculum coverage can be found in each year group’s parent overview letter which is sent out at the beginning of every term.
Whole school Projects
To support our children returning to school from learning at home, the whole school took part in a Collaborative Learning Week strengthening their PSHCE and mental wellbeing called Rainbow after the Storm. It was a fantastic week where the children could transition into their new class.
Take a look at a selection of the learning over the week in the document below:
It is more important than ever to support the mental wellbeing of our young people and school community.
At Rickleton, as part of our curriculum we regularly work on developing and maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing. We hope to equip the children with a toolkit of activities that they can use regularly or when they feel that they need them. We normalise talking about mental health and wellbeing, hoping that children will be able to talk about their emotions and feelings when they need to.
You can also support at home.
Here are some links to information and resources that you could use.
Yoga - Cosmic Kids - Watch - Cosmic Kids
Joe Wicks workouts -The Body Coach TV - YouTube
Mindfulness activities - Mindfulness exercises and tips | Mind
Guidance from the Government - Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Anxiety UK - Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Mind - Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Samaritans - Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
YoungMinds - Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Our trained PSHE and RSE support team can be seen below:
Collaborative learning - Transition
At the beginning of each year, to support our children transitioning into their new class, the whole school take part in a Collaborative Learning Week strengthening their PSHCE and mental wellbeing called’ Find your wings and fly’. It is a fantastic week where the children started their new school year in a happy and positive way. Some of the work can be viewed in the document below:
We celebrated #Hello Yellow for mental health. The children came dressed in yellow and took part in a range of activities to promote positive mental health eg yoga, mindfulness, kindness buckets, active breaks and making music.
Rainbow Flag Award
For more information please ask in school or go to https://www.rainbowflagaward.co.uk/
Support with RSE
RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education and as part of Relationships and Health Education, is a new approach to teaching children about relationships and health. At Rickleton Primary we teach RSE mainly as part of our PSHCE curriculum – Me and My Relationships. However, other aspects may be delivered through wider curriculum events, classroom activities, collaborative learning weeks and assemblies throughout the year.
The new Relationships and Health Education 2020 curriculum is designed to:
- Help all children grow up healthy, happy and safe.
- Give all children the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships.
- Support all children to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain.
- Prepare all children for a successful adult lives.
- Help all children to develop tolerance and acceptance of others.
By the time a child finishes primary school, they will have been taught about the following in Relationships Education:
- Family and people who care for them.
- Caring friendships.
- Respectful relationships.
- Online relationships.
- Being safe.
Here are some resources to support Parents and Carers with RSE discussions at home:
Talking to your child about Relationship Education – A guide for Parents and Carers.
RSE – Useful Resources to Support Discussion.
RSE – Frequently Asked Questions.
Relationships Education and Online Safety – A Guide for Parents and Carers
All About Puberty – A Guide for Parents and Carers.
If you require any further information, our RSE Leader, Mrs Holt can be contacted via the school office.
Support with Bereavement
Staff are always available to support both children and families through difficult times as much as we can. All staff recently access Bereavement support training via St Cuthbert's Hospice.
We also have access to onward referrals to more specialised services, some of which can be found in the leaflet below.
Children often find making a memory box helpful – see Winston’s memory box leaflet below.
There are also many stories that can support children in their grieving process. Some suggested reads are:
- Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine by Diana Crossley.
- The invisible String by Patrice Karst &Geoff Stevenson
- Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney.
- The Sad Dragon by S Herman
- Dyregrov, A (2008) Grief in young children: a handbook for adults. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- When mum died by S Hollins & L Sireling
- When dad died by S Hollins & L Sireling
As with all things which may be causing concerns, please reach out to school and we will be willing to offer support in any way we can.
Anti Bullying Week was a huge success. The children started the week wearing odd socks to celebrate that we are all different but equally special.
Year 1 thought about who we might talk to if we had a problem with bullying and drew pictures of our chosen trusted adults. Some of us chose a friend who might help us. Some of us chose a trusted adult like an aunty, parent or even a teacher.