Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education (PSHRE)
At Russell Lower School, we believe that our PSHRE curriculum enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society. This includes building attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
Our PSHRE curriculum and teaching underpins our school values, challenge, enjoy, respect and succeed, making it integral to the success and ethos of the whole school. Children are equipped with the skills they need for a changing world, building resilience and self-esteem to enable them to challenge themselves confidently and independently within the classroom. Through our whole school approach we promote a safe and nurturing environment where children are happy and enjoy their education. Children understand how to be good citizens, who show respect and have well-developed values. We enable children to succeed by developing their self-esteem and looking at and setting goals for them to work towards.
Through a progressive framework, that is consolidated and built upon within each year group, children are given the appropriate vocabulary to be able to articulate their feelings clearly. Relationships education teaches the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships and relationships with peers and adults.
PSHRE is taught as both explicit lessons, using the PSHE association programme of study; but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school.
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship. Examples include being a school councillor, helping with fundraising and engaging in school and local events. Children also have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, artists, authors, and representatives from the local church. Additionally, we as a school participate in and promote National events such as: Children’s Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Road Safety Week. Children’s experiences are enhanced through visitors who come into our school to deliver assemblies and workshops with children, from Mike Mullen, a BMX rider who spoke about resilience and perseverance with the children, to the NSPCC speak out stay safe assembly.