The PSHE at Mereworth is covered through taught lessons and weekly Wednesday’s assemblies. Our assemblies are planned around key topics, values and following our PSHE curriculum coverage.
The PSHE curriculum has three core themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
As a school through our PSHE lessons we strive to ensure that our children have the necessary tools and skills available to them to form relationships, know how to remain healthy and know how look after their money.
During our lessons the children are encouraged and given the opportunity to explore attitudes, values and beliefs. We help them develop the skills to manage any issues they encounter throughout their lives.
- Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)
- Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)
- A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices)
- Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world
- Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)
- Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
- Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
- Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
- Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)
(Taken from the PSHE Association Website 2019)
PSHE is seen as a cross curricular subject and many of the opportunities for discussion also form part of other curriculum areas across the school.
Religious Education at Mereworth is covered through planned and taught lessons on a weekly basis with approximately 60 minutes of teaching time in KS1 and KS2. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018 which aims to ensure that high teaching and learning in RE is achieved.
‘Religious Education is not concerned with the nurture of a particular faith or acceptance of a religious way of life’ but rather ‘enabling children to explore the meaning of life, the nature of the faith and what it means to live life as a believer’ taken from Non-Statutory Guidance for the Kent Agreed Syllabus 2017-2022. This quote backs up the ethos of our teaching and learning whilst ensuring that the children are experiencing different religions during their primary education
Children are taught in a variety of ways for example: through a range of discussion activities; through written work via access to a variety of resources and appropriate visitors to the school. The scheme of work allows for a spiral approach and is reflective of the religious traditions of a mainly Christian way of life in Great Britain, whilst advising on how other principle religions (represented in Great Britain) are covered.
We also have collective worship assemblies in addition to the taught lessons.
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