RSHE is a crucial learning movement in the development of our children: socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. At Portway Primary School, we believe our children should be as prepared for their own futures as possible and we will provide them with the strategies and knowledge that they need to do that.
We acknowledge and understand that there are many factors in life which are challenging and in response to that, our curriculum allows the children to explore:
The RSHE curriculum is designed to help pupils form a Relationship, Sex and Health Mental model within their long-term memories.
Schema theory states that all knowledge is organised into units. A mental model is, therefore, a conceptual system for understanding knowledge.
Our RSHE Mental model is a way of organising RSHE substantive and disciplinary knowledge in a meaningful way; it is an appreciation of how facts are connected and the ways in which they are connected. It is distinct from information, which is just isolated facts that have no organisational basis or links.
Big Ideas help form the basis of the mental model. Big Ideas are key concepts that underpin the subject. There are three Big Ideas in RSHE:
Each Big Idea has knowledge strands which help to strengthen the mental model. Learning knowledge in each of the strands allows pupils to express and demonstrate their understanding of the Big Idea, which gradually develops as pupils return to them over and over again.