PSHE and RHE
PSHE and RHE at Holly Park
(Including Fundamental British Values and Relationships and Health Education)
'Work together, achieve more'
At Holley Park we believe that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education plays a key role in enabling our pupils to flourish as individuals, now and in the future, and contribute positively as members of society in modern Britain. A well-rounded and progressive PSHE curriculum is of the upmost importance in developing our pupils’ knowledge and skills to keep themselves healthy and safe, and help them to prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they'll face.
There are three core pillars of learning at the heart of our curriculum that underpin our curriculum’s intent:
Developed through the PSHE Association and Twinkl, we deliver our PSHE teaching through a sequenced, spiral curriculum that builds on prior learning as pupils progress through school and have dedicated curriculum time for this across school each week. This included the delivery of the statutory requirements of the Relationships and Health Education guidance as set out by the DfE (see separate RHE Policy on school website for more information about this). Furthermore, the teaching of Fundamental British Values, although covered discretely through our PSHE curriculum, are woven into everyday school life.
We break down our 3 core pillars of learning into 12 smaller themes across EYFS, key Stage one and Key Stage two, with a different theme covered each half-term:
We supplement our curriculum by providing additional opportunities for pupils to further develop their understanding, knowledge, and skills through additional activities such as educational visits and links with external partners.
As part of our EYFS Reading Spine, children's personal development is further enhanced through carefully chose, age-appropriate stories, such as:
Children will also participate in whole school and key stage assemblies. We take this opportunity to support children to gain an awareness and develop personal refection skills around our school values, Fundamental British Values, and the nine Protected Characteristics. Please see out assembly theme mapping below.
Holley Park Academy our proud to be a Kidsafe school. The programme runs from Year 1 to Year 6. The themes covered include:
Positive mental health
Understanding worried feelings
Bullying / Cyber bullying
Keeping private places safe
Parents / Carers arguing
All aspects of the programme are delivered in a child-centred, age-approppriate way by trained staff. If you would like to know more about the programme, please visit the Kidsafe website:
"My child thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's KidSafe session and obviously found it interesting as she told me about the whole session and her answers, in detail, straight after school. She is looking forward to the next one... As a parent I think this is brilliant. My child knows we can talk about everything and anything at home but talking with her friends about 'yucky' feelings helps her understand that we all feel the same at times, and it is definitely OK not to be ok."
Feedback from KS2 parent.
Statement for SEND
PSHE education continues to play an important role for learners with SEND — rehearsing and embedding the practical skills and understanding they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives and enjoy safe and healthy relationships. Our PSHE lessons provide an inclusive environment where learners have the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues that affect them and can develop strategies and skills to manage different real-life situations. When the curriculum needs adapting, to suit the needs of individual children, appropriate modifications are made by the class teacher with support of the SENDCo and the Curriculum Subject Lead.
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. Opportunities to support a child’s personal development and enhance their cultural capital is a golden thread throughout all aspects of the curriculum, but this is particularly true of PSHE education which specifically aims to provide children with the skills and knowledge they need to be to stay healthy, develop positive relationships and embrace the ever-changing world in which they live, both now and in the future as they enter the world of work.
Links for parents
Should you wish to know more about the PSHE curriculum at Holley Park Academy, please contact the PSHE Subject Lead via the school office.