PSHE, Citizenship and HRSE
Personal, social, health education and citizenship are all important elements of our curriculum, allowing the children to develop essential social, emotional and life skills. We want to help each child become a caring, confident and curious young person who has a passion for learning and achieving, while appreciating the uniqueness of each child and recognising their potential.
The pupils’ personal, social and emotional development is encouraged by our supportive school ethos, where all our valued and encouraged. The positive relationships within our school are extremely important and there is a safe, secure school environment which is beneficial to their learning.
Progression of Skills in PSHE
Healthy Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE)
School has always placed emphasis on respect for self and others and the need for good relationships as well as studying new life in nature. Personal relationships and sex education is through a cross-curricular approach and the majority of the coverage is through the science and religious education programmes of work. Section 24 of the Education Act 1993 gives parents the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of a school's programme of sex education, other than those elements that are required by the National Curriculum.
At SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School we are inspired by Jesus to be the very best we can be. We look after one another and show respect and love through our relationships with one another. Jesus is invited into our hearts. In the Beatitudes, Jesus invites us to lead a full life with him by explaining what makes people blessed or happy. This is about understanding how loving our neighbour enables us to be happy too. Therefore, having a good relationship with ourselves and the other people in our lives makes us grow and flourish and we respect that everyone is a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. We are all children of God, called to grow in love for him through the person of Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News through the action of the Holy Spirit.
At SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School, in the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service, we use the term Human Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE) as we believe that relationships education is about all aspects of growing a fulfilled and happy life; sexual education is a dimension of this greater whole. To further explain this,
Christian belief is that God took on human form and therefore, this endows the human form with an extraordinary dignity that goes beyond that of all other forms of life showing that humanity alone can embrace this relationship with God. Therefore, our relationship with our own bodies is not casual but infused with the Holy Spirit. Any teaching about love and sexual relationships in school must be rooted in this belief which is expressed in the Church’s teaching about relationships, marriage, sex and family life.
Education about human love is no less a part of a Catholic schools responsibility than teaching about mathematics or English. At SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School, we teach young people about how to form relationships, including understanding loving relationships and acknowledging that children’s first experience of love is in the home. We encourage children from the earliest age to recognise that they are all children of God and that each person shares a God given dignity. As children mature, we encourage them to follow the example of Jesus and live lives inspired by the Gospel virtues, enabling them to follow His commandment to “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31). This is the basis for all relationships in our school where we model Christian Virtues. We follow the guidance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and ‘Fit for Mission? Schools’.