Dorridge Primary School

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Work in partnership SCHOOL AIMS

Independent life-long learners SCHOOL AIMS

Make a positive contribution SCHOOL AIMS

Respectful, tolerant and responsible citizen SCHOOL AIMS

Valued and celebrated SCHOOL AIMS

Happy, healthy and safe SCHOOL AIMS

PSHE

Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) is taught discretely through Circle Time and PSHE lessons as well as through other curriculum areas. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to empathise with the feelings of others.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, pupils learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe, and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs, and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and the school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments, and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of the school.

In Key Stage 2 the above areas are revisited and extended. Pupils are encouraged to play an active role in the school, for example by helping out and raising money for charity. PSHE also encompasses teaching, in a stepped programme, about smoking, alcohol misuse, and drug misuse: Y3 focus on the facts around smoking; Y4 discuss alcohol misuse; Y5 talk about different types of drugs and medicines (linked to a science unit); and Y6 look at stereotypes, the role of the media, and body image. The facts about these areas are taught alongside discussions on how to make informed choices and resist peer pressure.

The following link provides a document that details how the core concepts of British Values, set out in the Government's definition in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, are reinforced regularly in school.

PDF Document British Values

Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) has a vital role to play in contributing to the personal and social development of the children in our care. From when a child begins school, teachers play a very significant part in helping children understand themselves and how they relate to others. It is therefore firmly rooted in our framework for PSHE.

At Dorridge Primary School we believe that RSE is an entitlement for all children, supporting them in managing their lives now and preparing them for an adult life in which they are able to manage relationships confidently. This policy has been written by the PSHE Co-ordinator in consultation with teaching staff and governors. As part of our school’s review of PSHE this policy will be reviewed in consultation with the wider school community, including children, parents and support staff.

RSE is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching. The objective of RSE is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.

RSE will :

  • be developmental and appropriate to the age and stage of the child;
  • put forward factual knowledge and encourage the exploration of facts;
  • examine opinions and concepts and encourage discussion;
  • encourage awareness, respect and responsibility for oneself and others.

School Council

Children from all year groups make up our School Council under the guidance of Miss Farrington. The Council meets weekly and have been instrumental in suggesting and helping to implement many changes around School.