At Saint Mary Magdalene Academy Primary School, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life.
PSHE is taught across the school from Year 1 - Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Islington 'You, me and PSHE' scheme of work. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Christian Values: trust, compassion, forgiveness, integrity, resilience and thankfulness.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, and to become happy and successful members of the school community. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
Relationships and Health Education is taught in Year 2, 4 and 6.
At the Primary level, the focus is very much on the 'relationship' part of the education and are age appropriate. These focus on things such as:
- different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers etc
- how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage conflict, and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;
- how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health;
- healthy relationships and safety online.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education. We ask that in those cases, you make an appointment with the school first so we go through all the materials with you support you in making an informed decision.