Curriculum Intent Statement

At St. Joseph’s, the aims of our PSHE curriculum is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms as well as supporting the Catholic ethos of the school.

PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At St Joseph’s we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class or community.

At St. Joseph’s, we have high expectations of behaviour and interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our detailed and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.

PSHE and RSE is an important part of school life especially during assemblies and collective worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. RSE is taught as explicit lessons through the PSHE and Science curriculums but is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school.

Throughout the school, we teach PSHE and RSE using the ‘Ten Ten’ and ‘SCARF’ schemes of work. We aim for each individual to become increasingly responsible for their own actions and learning. Through our approach, we aim to help our children develop by increasing their confidence, helping them to keep safe, building on their sense of identity, developing their empathy for others and developing positive relationships throughout their lives.

RSE is taught in three modules across the school from EYFS to UKS2:

Module 1: Created and Loved by God

Module 2: Created to Love Others

Module 3: Created to Live in Community