PSHE is at the heart of the curriculum at Etching Hill. During PSHE lessons, children are given the opportunity to discuss and develop their ‘emotional literacy’: their understanding of themselves, their relationships, their emotions and their health. Through this experience children are helped to express and process their feelings. From assemblies, displays, extra-curricular activities and class work, we are always encouraging and promoting the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are the foundation of children’s learning.
PSHE can be taught through other subjects, such as RE and Science, but specific lessons are also taught to learn about important and sometimes sensitive issues. Topics covered relate to Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
Please click on the following links to find further information related to our PSHE themes, or at the bottom of the page for the PHSE Long Term Plan.
Sex and Relationships Education
Discreet units of sex and relationship education are taught to Years 5 and 6 building upon the earlier PSHE programme which deals with keeping safe, growing and changing, feelings and emotions, healthy relationships, valuing difference and rights and responsibilities.
Issues and questions are dealt with in a sensitive and appropriate way. The lessons within years 5 and 6 are carefully planned and delivered using a range of approved resources, which are based on relationships and puberty. Some aspects are taught within the science curriculum. Parents are informed via letter when these lessons take place. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the discrete units in Years 5 and 6 and this should be done in writing to the Headteacher or through the completion of the ‘Opt Out’ form.
Please click this link for the PHSE Long Term Plan