Health and Well-being
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
As part of our curriculum the children have a weekly PSHE lesson. This will cover themes such as Communities, Feelings and Relationships, Health, Democracy, Choices and Right and Wrong. They work in groups to discuss and undertake tasks that encourage respect, politeness and good manners. There are also whole school assemblies on school themes which are followed up in class.
In keeping with government policy, Ridgeway Local Governors and staff have agreed that sex and drugs education will form an integral part of the school‘s Health Education programme. We believe that every child has an entitlement to participate in and benefit from health education opportunities.
As part of our PHSE curriculum the children enjoy a weekly activity. They work in groups to discuss and undertake tasks that encourage respect, politeness and good manners. There are also whole school assemblies which are followed up in class.
It is our aim for sex education at this school to be an integral part of the learning process for all children. We aim to foster self-esteem, self-awareness and consideration for others.
“The importance of sexual relationships in all our lives is such that sex education is a crucial part of preparing children for their lives now and in the future as adults and parents. In sex education, factual information about the physical aspects of sex, though important, is not more important than a consideration of the qualities of relationships in family life and of values, standards and the exercise of personal responsibility as they affect individuals and the community at large.”
Year 6 pupils receive specific sex education lessons which are led by school staff in the context of our health education programme. The children watch a series of videos and there are opportunities for follow up discussions. Parents are always informed in advance of this.
Parents may reserve the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex education provided, except that which is required as part of National Curriculum Science.