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At New Park, children’s mental and physical wellbeing are our first priority, and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is an integral component of the whole curriculum and day-to-day life. 

PSHE promotes children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. There is a clear focus on fundamental British values that are revisited every year through the “Living in the Wider World” core theme and weekly assemblies. The books we study in novel study and class reads support our values, for example “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” explores gender stereotypes and “Trash” takes place in a fictional country where the rule of law has broken down and corruption is rife. 

Our PSHE curriculum is broad and balanced, ensuring that it:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children;
  • Promotes fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;
  • Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
  • Provides information about keeping healthy and safe, mentally, emotionally and physically;
  • Encourages our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment. 

PSHE is split into three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Each class revisits these themes every year. Every child will learn:

Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing:

  • what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  • about managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  • how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  • how to respond to an emergency
  • to identify different influences on health and wellbeing

Theme 2 - Relationships:

  • how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
  • how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  • how to respond to risky or negative relationship and ask for help
  • how to respect equality and diversity in relationships

Theme 3 - Living in the Wider World (economic wellbeing and being a responsible adult):

  • about respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  • about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  • about different groups and communities
  • to respect diversity and equality and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  • about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
  • the part that money plays in people’s lives
  • a basic understanding of enterprise

PSHE and fundamental British Values are taught through a whole school approach which includes:

  • Dedicated curriculum time
  • Teaching PSHE through and in other subject/curriculum areas
  • Novel study and class reads
  • Assemblies
  • PSHE activities and school events e.g. E-Safety week, food-bank collections
  • Pastoral care and guidance
  • Use of stories
  • Visiting speakers e.g. NSPCC representatives

Download PSHE Curriculum

Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at New Park teaches children to:

  • value themselves and their bodies
  • foster respect, love and care of others
  • understand and value stable and loving relationships (in the context of families, marriage and friends)
  • respect the relationship decisions of others

RSE also includes learning about how the human body works, understanding the human life cycle and helping parents to prepare children for physical and emotional changes in their lives. We also teach children to keep themselves safe online and to make judgments about appropriate online behaviour. The RSE curriculum provides children with age appropriate information, explores attitudes and values to relationships and empowers children to make positive decisions about their health-related behaviour.

Download RSE Overview