At The Mulberry Primary School, we aim to ensure that all of our children live happy and healthy lives, form strong stable relationships and develop a core range of values to lead good lives.
The high-quality PSHE lessons taught at Mulberry equip our children with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe in the wider world: physically, socially, mentally and economically.
At Mulberry, we use a PHSE programme called Coram Life Education, which enables children to continuously learn and develop the skills they need for life in an increasingly complex world. The programme is made up of the following key themes:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
- Growing and changing
These themes are built upon progressively as the children move through the school and run alongside the National Curriculum, enabling links to be made with other subject areas such as PE, Science and Computing.
Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our RSHE curriculum, which is a statutory requirement in schools under section 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The teaching of RSHE also contributes to the school’s statutory duty with regard to safeguarding children and preparing them for the next stage of their education.
As well as through timetables PHSE lessons, children’s personal development is enhanced through various opportunities such as:
National awareness days, such as Mental Health day and anti-bullying week
Working with the local community and people who help us, for example: local police, firefighters, NHS
Internet safety workshops and assemblies
Workshops – prevent, gang awareness, bike safety and Sexual harassment
Relationships and Sex Education:
The focus in primary school is to teach children the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships with particular reference to family, friends and relationships with other children and adults. It includes an understanding of what friendship and family means and how to show respect for others. It also includes the building of healthy online relationships and teaches the children how to ensure relationships are safe.
Health education covers both physical well-being and mental health. It includes, learning about emotions and how to manage these, healthy eating, exercise, drugs and harmful substances and some basic first aid.
RSHE is taught in an age appropriate manner throughout the school using a wide range of resources and strategies. Lessons are delivered in a factual and non-judgmental way to ensure a balanced approach that acknowledged the wealth of views and diversity within our local community.
Please do read the guidance for parents from the Department for Education here
Parents will not have the right to withdraw their children from Relationships Education. Parents can request to withdraw their children from Sex Education during primary school.
The school delivers parent meetings each year prior to the teaching of sex education where parents are shown the content taught within their child’s year group.
If you would like to withdraw your child as discussed above you need to write a letter to the Headteacher.