‘Never look down on anyone, unless you’re helping them up.’

Jesse Jackson


PSHE & RSHE Curriculum

At Courtwood we aim for our PSHE and RSHE curriculum to ensure that children are well supported and equipped to further all aspects of their personal development. Our school learning behaviours – resilience, independence, perseverance, practice, listening and effort (RIPPLE) – ensure that children at Courtwood are able to practice these behaviours throughout their time with us, ensuring they can be academically successful across the curriculum and meaning that when they leave for secondary school, are well-prepared for further study. Our inclusive ethos and nurturing approach to all aspects of school life, supports our children in becoming responsible, confident and tolerant individuals, who respect and value difference, whilst understanding how to remain safe, physically, emotionally, mentally and online.   

We meet the National Curriculum Programme of Study for PSHE & RSE at KS1 and KS2, (covering all statutory requirements), by following the PSHE Association Scheme of Work.  The three main strands – Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health & Wellbeing are taught in the autumn, spring and summer terms respectively, with all children across the school studying this broader theme at the same time. This allows for the specific outcomes to be taught and revisited progressively, building on what has gone before so children can revisit, secure and deepen their existing understanding. Assemblies are used to support learning in each strand, by focusing on the key themes and how they can be applied or reflected on in a whole-school context. PSHE/RSHE is most often taught on a weekly basis, ensuring that teachers are able to both deliver the curriculum content and be responsive to the needs of their class/individuals, tailoring the teaching within the wider framework to address any need. Our ELP children follow the PSHE Association Education Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND, which has six topic areas (Self-Awareness; Self-Care, Support and Safety; Managing Feelings; Changing and Growing; Healthy Lifestyles; The World I Live In) where learning outcomes are progressive, from the first stage ‘encountering’ to the last stage ‘enhancement’ meaning teachers can adapt it to the unique needs and abilities of their pupils, if their development does not correspond to their chronological age.

Children’s work, responses and ideas are captured in PSHE/RSHE floor-books, which provide a snapshot of the outcomes in each class and are updated regularly. Children are taught to respond sensitively and with compassion to their peers, when different issues are being discussed and are encouraged to become reflective and thoughtful learners. The personal development of each child is broadened through their access to high-quality PSHE teaching; opportunities beyond the academic curriculum, such as supporting the local community through fundraising and donations to food banks; learning from others including their peers, teachers and other invited visitors and relationships between home and school, which are nurtured and supported to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve their best.

British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development (SMSC)

In accordance with the Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

Courtwood Primary School is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those it serves. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. The British Values of Democracy; The Rule of Law; Individual Liberty; Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs, as set out in the Prevent Strategy, are incorporated into many aspects of the school curriculum at Courtwood, including through assemblies, visits, wider opportunities, discussion and literature.

SMSC is embedded within every curriculum subject at Courtwood. Each subject discipline offers different ways for pupils to demonstrate and develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, for example by understanding through geography lessons that environmental change will have an impact on their local community and appreciating the achievements of others, both contemporary and from the past, by exploring the work of great artists in art lessons.

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