As a school, our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of the children in our care. The school believes the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education is in the best interests of the children as it helps ensure the children’s physical and emotional health, safety and wellbeing, encourages their personal development and prepares them for life in modern Britain.
At Willenhall Community Primary School we also endeavour to empower all our pupils with life skills that will enable them to become responsible and inspirational members of the local and world community. We feel it is important that children feel happy and secure so that they can work to the best of their ability and make good progress in all their subjects.
Children take part in weekly PSHE sessions which develop their personal and social skills well as equipping them with the skills and knowledge to live a healthy life.
Click here for the PSHE Long Term Plan 2020 which includes the topics for each year group.
In addition to this, we host other events throughout the year, such as an annual Futures Festival which develops our pupils’ understanding of the world of work and how they can make a positive contribution to society. We also actively promote Anti-Bullying week, Online Safety days and other events across the school which contribute to the children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC).
Relationships and Health Education
As you may be aware, the government passed legislation last year making the teaching of Relationships and Health Education statutory by September 2020. At Willenhall Community Primary School, we have been teaching the majority of the content of these subjects for many years through our programme of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), which aims to keep all our children safe, secure and healthy.
During Autumn 2, years 2-6 are going to teach the unit of work that the children missed at the end of last year. This involves teaching the children about different families and naming body parts (years 2 to 4) and about puberty (years 5 and 6).
We usually host a meeting for parents and carers to share what we are going to teach, show which resources we are going to use and answer any questions you may have. Due to the current restrictions, we are unable to host a meeting in school, but instead we have put together a video presentation. Please watch this video (produced during the Autumn term 2020) to hear about the changes that have taken place and what your child will be taught.
We also recommend you read our Relationships, Health and Sex Education policy, which is on our website at: https://www.willenhallprimary.org/policies-guidance/
The most significant change is that parents/carers are no longer able to withdraw children from sessions of Health and Relationships Education, as this is now a statutory subject.
This does not apply to sex education, which as the video explains, is now legally separate.
We will carry out a full consultation regarding our teaching of Relationships and Health education, and about what we can offer in terms of sex education for Year 6 pupils, later in the year.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or feedback you can contact me directly by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department for Education recommends that all primary schools should have a Sex Education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. It should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science – how a baby is conceived and born.
Sex Education in primary schools will now be legally separate from Relationships and Health Education. From September 2020, Sex Education will remain a non-statutory part of the Year 6 curriculum, where parents have the right to opt their child in or out of these sessions.
We have produced a video (in May 2021) to show what content will be taught during Sex Education lessons for Year 6, and to explain the rights of withdrawal.
We consult with parents every academic year to put together the specific content of these sessions. Annually, parents and carers are invited in to discuss the SRE their child(ren) will be taught that year. They are able to look at the resources that will be used and will be offered advice on how to discuss the topics taught with their children at home.
For further details, please see our Relationships, Health and Sex Education Policy.
Please contact the school if you have any questions about Relationships and Health Education, or Sex Education for Year 6, and we will be more than happy to help you.
School Values and Rules
Our school rules are based on five key values. We teach our children these values to support their moral development and to prepare them for life in Modern Britain.
We manage behaviour positively and always seek to listen to our pupil’s views and understand their perspectives. To manage behaviour which breaks our rules, we use a system of stages. To reward positive behaviour, we use a variety of methods such as praise and communication with parents/carers.
We work closely with our pupils’ parents and carers to ensure they are kept fully informed about their child’s behaviour.
As well as supporting our children’s moral development through the teaching of our Golden Values, we also actively promote British Values and help our children develop their own understanding of what it means to be British.
Through our rich curriculum, children are presented with opportunities to explore democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance. One of the key ways we do this is through our Religious Education and Philosophy lessons where pupils tackle complex ideas to help them form their own opinions. Our School Council also helps children experience democracy in action.
Our assemblies are broadly Christian in theme. We have weekly whole school assemblies with our values as the focus. During these assemblies, a moral value is explored – often through a story and there is a moment of quiet reflection where pupils are asked to bow their heads.
Our other daily assemblies are class based and focus on celebrating pupils’ achievements and giving pupils opportunities to reflect on our values; supporting them in developing an understanding of spiritual and moral issues.
Each term, we also hold performance assemblies where our pupils’ achievements are celebrated alongside musical and dance performances. Parents and carers are invited in to join in these celebrations.
Assemblies are generally led by members of staff but occasionally visitors and members of the local community, who share our values, are invited to present an assembly.