Personal, Health, Social and Economic education (PHSE) is an important subject for all children as it seeks to explore issues that affect them and the wider community.  It aims to give children the knowledge and understanding they need to lead independent lives. Furthermore it enables children to explore social, moral and cultural issues, which helps to develop their understanding of the world around them. At Michael Drayton, we consider PHSE to be an important aspect of the curriculum. It is taught across all year groups, both discreetly within lessons and as stand-alone lessons.


We are introducing a new programme at Michael Drayton this year called PATHS. The PATHS programme empowers all children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which will enable them to make positive choices in life. The aim is to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills.
PATHS improves: Self-Esteem, Self Control, Emotional Intelligence, Classroom Behaviour, Conflict Resolution and Academic Engagement.
It reduces: Aggressive Behaviour, Emotional Distress and Conduct Problems.


At school, we create a community which supports and includes gender variant and trans pupils and the pupils have the opportunity to discuss equality and diversity during Diversity Day and Anti-Bullying Week.


Sex and Relationships Education

At Michael Drayton we feel that by teaching relationships and sex education is vital to promoting positive, healthy relationships.  Sex and relationships education will be delivered as an integral part of the curriculum using materials and language which is appropriate to the age of the children.  At all times, teaching of sex education will be taught in away which is sensitive to the cultures, beliefs and attitudes of pupils, parents and society, and which promotes equality of regard and opportunity.


The Jigsaw programme we will be delivering to Michael Drayton is a new scheme that is used across many schools. It offers ages appropriate syllabus allowing children to be better prepared for any relationships and developments they will experience in later life.

Both year 3 and 5 will complete life cycle lessons in Science, which will include that different living organisms need to reproduce in order to survive. Sex and relationships education will be taught in mixed gender groups across the school. Over the course of the four years at Michael Drayton children will learn about the development of babies to adulthood, puberty and conception. Each year group will have an age appropriate scheme tailored to the year group.


Year 3

In year 3, children will have a focus on:

· How babies grow

· Outside and inside body changes

· Family stereotypes

· Looking ahead

Children will also learn about social and emotional development, which links to home lives and changes in family situations in a sensitive manner.


Year 4

The children will build on the knowledge they have learned from year three.

Areas covered will include:

· Unique me – characteristics from birth and how they’re made

· Having a baby – learning about the correct names for body parts

· Puberty – learning about how bodies change to prepare for pregnancy

· Love and loss – identifying someone I love

· Getting on and falling out – change in friendships

· Girlfriends and boyfriends - understand it is a special relationship for when I am older


Year 5

The children will continue to build on the knowledge they have learned from year three and four.

Areas covered will include:

· Self and body image - understanding own self-image

· Puberty for girls - how body changes and looking after yourself physically and emotionally

· Puberty for boys - how bodies change

· Conception - sexual intercourse can lead to conception how babies are usually made and sometimes people need IVF to have a baby

· Recognising me - who I am and my characteristics

· Being safe online



Year 6

The children will continue to build on the knowledge they have learned from previous years.

Areas covered will include:

· My self-image - understanding how my body fits into self-image

· Puberty - how girls and boys bodies change

· Babies - conception to birth

· Boyfriends and girlfriends - how being attracted to someone changes the relationship

· Real self and ideal self - positive body image

· Love and loss - stages of grief




All teaching is intended to be complementary and supportive of the role of parents. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any aspect of sex and relationships education, which is not outlined in the National Curriculum. The school may ask for a reason for non-participation, although parents are not obliged to reply. Parents will be informed about the Spring Fever programme before the programme is due to start and a Parents meeting will be held. 



At Michael Drayton we want all of our children to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe from harm. The ‘Taking Care’ Programme, which is delivered within school over a 4 week period, aims to improve the safety and well-being of children by teaching them to keep themselves safer in a variety of situations.




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