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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education & Relationships Education

At Saint Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Relationships Education (RSE) enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the ‘whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. PSHE and RSE are taught together through a whole-school approach, from Reception Class to Year 6. It is taught on a weekly basis and, as a school, we follow the Life To the Full scheme of work which is temporarily supplemented with lessons from the Twinkl Life scheme of work.

The Life to the Full scheme of work enables teachers to deliver a fully integrated and holistic programme in PSHE and Relationships Education that enables children to ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10). Life to the Full is structured on ‘A model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service. This scheme is then temporarily supplemented with lessons that cover British Values, financial and economic education and first aid from Twinkl Life to ensure full coverage of all areas of the PSHE and RSE Curriculum.

Teaching and learning in PSHE and RSE

Life to the Full is a four-stage structure which is repeated across four different learning stages: Early Years Foundation Stage; Key Stage One; Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two. Within each learning stage, there are three modules which are based on the Model Catholic RSE Curriculum: created and loved by God, created to love others, created to live in community. Each module is then broken down into units of work.

The programme adopts a spiral curriculum approach so that as a child goes through the programme year after year, the learning will develop and grow with each stage, building on the last. The Twinkl Life elements taught in school cover the key area of living in the wider world. Again this area is revisited regularly through a child’s learning in primary school and enables children to build upon previous learning, exploring this key area at a depth appropriate for the age and stage of the child.

By the time children leave our school they will have developed the vocabulary and confidence needed to articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will be able to evaluate and understand their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them. They will have developed the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to succeed at school and in the wider world, all within a context of the Catholic faith.

Click here for the National Curriculum Guidance on PSHE and RSE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-social-health-and-economic-education-pshe/personal-social-health-and-economic-pshe-education

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