PSHE & RSE Intent

At St Helena’s, we believe in an inspiring and creative PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) & RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum that supports children with unlocking their fullest potential. Our comprehensive, balanced curriculum, beautifully woven with our Church School and British Values, aims to enable our children to developing the knowledge, understanding and attitudes to be well-rounded citizens in our community and beyond. We endeavour, through our five curriculum threads of: Families & Relationships; Health & Wellbeing; Safety & the Changing Body; Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing, for children to leave St Helena’s feeling confident in their identities, able to keep themselves and others safe and ultimately thrive in our ever-changing, complex world.

PSHE & RSE Implementation

Following the Kapow Primary scheme of learning and progression in KS1 and KS2, PSHE/RSE planning is adapted to meet the needs of all children. Our EYFS Curriculum linked to PSHE/RSE relates to the objectives as set out in the Early Learning Goals, with clear progression from Little Explorers’ to the end of Reception. Taught weekly (Years 1-6), the Kapow Primary scheme is a whole school approach that consists of five areas of learning across Key stages 1 and 2, which are delivered as a 2-Year rolling programme of study. These areas of learning are:

  • Families and relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Citizenship
  • Economic wellbeing

All five areas are equally covered in both years of the rolling programme, giving children the opportunity to consolidate their learning and apply it in new ways in the successive year. Each unit of work begins with a pre-assessment and ends with a summative assessment, assessing the knowledge gained throughout the unit. Vocabulary and concepts are re-visited throughout the academic year though the five areas of learning and additionally built upon in successive years. The St Helena’s curriculum supports the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) through direct teaching, for example learning about different families, the negative effect of stereotypes and celebrating differences. Additionally, there are consistent and meaningful opportunities for cross-curricular learning, in particular with Computing for online safety and Science for growing, nutrition, teeth, diet and lifestyle, woven throughout each year group. Our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum, following DfE statutory guidance, begins in EYFS with a rich and clear progression of knowledge and understanding building in each year until the end of UKS2.

PSHE & RSE Impact

Children will leave Year 6 at St Helena’s and arrive in their chosen secondary schools as mature, deep thinkers with beyond the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the transitional, physical, social and emotional challenges that adolescence and early-adulthood will provide. Our children will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make positive choices for themselves and to lead, guide and inspire others.