We want our children to feel free to express their emotions and talk positively about mental wellbeing. In EYFS pupils look at what a relationship is and consider family relationships and friendships. One of our rules for children is to be kind and we look at what this means and how to be considerate and respectful. Our explicit teaching should enable the children to be positive members of our school, the community and ultimately society. We hope our children learn how to be sensitive to the feelings of others but also look to be resilient so they are prepared for the challenges of Secondary school and society in the future.
Through Relationships Education, we teach pupils the knowledge they need to recognise and to report abuse, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse. We do this in a variety of ways including utilising external organisations such as the NSPCC annually. We discuss boundaries and privacy, ensuring young people understand that they have rights over their own bodies.
We explore on-line behaviours as we recognise children will have increasing access to this. We teach online safety explicitly, making links with our computing curriculum.
We encourage the development and practice of resilience and other attributes, this includes character traits such as helping pupils to believe they can achieve and persevere with tasks. Alongside understanding the importance of self-respect and self-worth, pupils should develop personal attributes including honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice.
We aim to ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and our sex education curriculum complements pupil’s knowledge set out in the national curriculum for science.
We believe that it is important that the transition phase before moving to secondary school supports pupils’ ongoing emotional and physical development effectively. The DfE recommend that ‘all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils’.
We believe in consulting our parents on the content of what will be taught. We look to offer parents support in talking to their children about sex education and how to link this with what is being taught in school in relation to the developmental differences of children. We offer parents the right to withdraw their children from Sex Education and will work to aid children’s understanding of the key concepts in a way that is appropriate to their developmental stage.