RE and PSHCE
RE helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. At Maple Tree Primary we follow the “Identities, Meanings, Values: The RE Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023 (Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton). We aim to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions, traditions and world views.
Through discrete lessons, assemblies and circle time we intend for the teaching of RE to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want the children to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
RE (Religious Education) is taught to all children as we see it as an important element in the broad and balanced curriculum we aim to provide. RE is taught through stories, role play, discussion and debate and the use of the local community. Local church volunteers present weekly assemblies with a Christian focus to children from EYFS to Year 6. Parents and carers are invited to participate in Easter and Harvest assemblies each year. EYFS perform in a Christmas nativity, Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 a Christmas carol concert.
Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Education (PSHCE)
At Maple Tree Primary School, we see Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) and Values Education at the base of all that we do in preparing pupils for the 21st century. PSHCE enables children to become healthy, secure, independent and responsible members of a diverse society. Although PSHCE is non-statutory, we see it as an important and necessary part of all pupils’ learning. The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins all other learning. We follow a scheme of learning through 3Dimensions PSHCE.
Through our curriculum, our school environment and Values Based Education, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work, in the community and for the future. All children participate in PSHCE learning and topics, such as, relationships and health which are revisited each year with progression being made age appropriately. Throughout the year we hold themed days and an Anti-Bullying Week that all children take part in. Children take part in local, national and international charitable fund raising events that the teaching of PSHCE plays an important role in.
All our year groups have timetabled PSHCE time but we encourage a cross-curricular approach to the development of PSHCE skills and understanding. Circle time is used to listen to others and to be heard with the help of class friends. Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures. They participate in a variety of cultural events such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Shrove Tuesday and Shavuot.
National Curriculum PSHE programmes of Study
RSE (Relationships, Sex Education)
From September 2020 RSE will be statutory in all primary schools. Whilst we currently teach many aspects of this through our science and PSHE programmes there is a consultation with parents, staff, governors and children this academic year to jointly decide on the relevant content for the children at Maple Tree. All stakeholders will be informed of progress during the course of this year.