By the time that pupils leave Brushwood, they will be prepared to live in the wider world, as they will have considered key areas such as:
All children will have the opportunity to address key social, emotional, mental and physical areas within the curriculum, engaging in personal reflection and discussions, and reflecting upon their own mental health and well-being.
RSHE will help pupils to learn and understand about themselves: explore differences, treat all people with respect, tackle prejudice-based bullying and keep themselves safe. Teaching is supported through the use of inclusive resources, including images, stories and drawing on positive role models as appropriate.
The curriculum is set out to be a spiral curriculum where the children will review similar topics each year, they will gain a developed understanding about the key areas, mentioned above. This will allow for children to revisit and embed their knowledge and be able to apply their understanding to various real-life situations.
Topic areas are incorporated into the assembly programme, allowing children to broaden their understanding and application of knowledge.
Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
RSHE is an entitlement for all young people. At Brushwood Junior School, difference and diversity are taken into account when delivering RSHE. Special educational needs or disability, gender and age, nationality, religion, cultural and linguistic background, all affect access to RSHE.
At Brushwood, we believe that RSHE is most effective when provided in the wider context of social and emotional development. We therefore deliver it as part of our PSHE curriculum as well as through our Science Curriculum.
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Definition of RSHE is lifelong learning about ourselves, including our emotions, self-esteem, relationships, rights and responsibilities, sexuality, behaviour and health. RSHE must enable young people to gain information, develop and transfer skills and explore attitudes and values, in order to support informed decision-making. RSHE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values.
Relationships Education: the focus is on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults. These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them.
Health Education: the focus is on teaching the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing and on teaching children the facts about puberty (preparing boys and girls for the changes that adolescence brings).