The social and emotional development strand compliments a number of other curriculum areas in particular the physical development and wellbeing strand and parts of the science curriculum in KS1 and KS2. Through on-going personal, social and emotional development pupils will develop the skills to form relationships and think about relationships with others. This will support and prepare them as part of Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) about the nature and importance of marriage for family life and bringing up children. Pupils also need to understand that there are strong and mutually supportive relationships outside of marriage. Every consideration is taken into account regarding a pupil’s home circumstances. We aim to provide accurate information and to help to develop skills to enable them to understand differences and respect themselves and others. We hope to prevent and remove prejudice. RSE should contribute to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and within society, thus preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. The development of self-esteem and relationships does not just take place through the taught curriculum but through all aspects of school life.
In milestone 20 onwards we place a particular emphasis on RSE, as many children experience puberty. We teach the children about the parts of the body and how they work. We also explain what will happen to their bodies during puberty. We encourage pupils to ask for help if they need it and teachers answer question sensitively and honestly. Both boys and girls are taught reproduction and menstruation. We always teach these with regard for the emotional development of the pupils. Families and carers are consulted in all aspects of RSE.
Throughout the academic year we run 6 Personal Development Days:
Personal Development Day 1 (Autumn Term 1): Safety and Wellbeing Day
Personal Development Day 2 (Autumn Term 2): Healthy Living: Caring about my body and mind
Personal Development Day 3 (Spring Term 1): Economic Wellbeing and Careers
Personal Development Day 4 (Spring Term 2):
Personal Development Day 5 (Summer Term 1):
Personal Development Day 6 (Summer Term 1):
These days are an opportunity for the whole school to focus on one particular theme and take part in a number of personal, learning and thinking activities which are challenging, fun and apply the learning to real life.