At Avon House Preparatory School, the development of a pupil is centred around our RPS (RE and PHSEE) curriculum. Our School provides opportunity for every pupil to reach their full potential as part of ‘Learning for life’.
RPS is taught weekly in Years 1-6 and is discretely taught through cross-curricular activities and discussion throughout the curriculum. All staff are responsible for the teaching of PHSEE and RE and many topics are covered in assemblies, trips, having visitors, themed days, council meetings, house events, through use of reward system etc.
Years 1-6 follow the Jigsaw mindful approach for PHSEE. This curriculum resource aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. The materials help pupils develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries. This aims to help pupils grow and develop ready for the wider community. In Early Years, RPS is embedded within their curriculum understanding the world around them; they do this through role-play, storytelling, discussions etc.
Within this curriculum, SRE (Sex education) is educated delicately from Early Years whereby the pupils begin to learn about themselves and how they are different to others. SRE is formally taught from Years 1-6 whereby Year 1 and 2 begin to learn about the different body parts of a male and female. Years 3 and 4 learn about family differences, decision-making, gender stereotype, differences between males and females, puberty and changing relationships. Years 5 and 6 learn about personal safety, making decisions, relationships and reproduction and puberty.
RE is incorporated within the RPS curriculum. The RE part is vital to developing a positive attitude to their learning and to the belief and values of others ensuring that our pupils are respectful of others around them and their community. At Avon House Preparatory School we follow the Jigsaw curriculum where the material used aims to help develop an awareness of spiritual and moral issues, development of knowledge and understanding of major religions, being committed, reflecting on own experiences, appreciating cultural differences and having respect for diversity in society.
Having a dedicated slot for RPS weekly means that the pupils’ development in SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding) can be achieved to ensure that they grow into positive members of a multicultural society.
‘’ Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant and law-abiding citizens.’’ – ISA inspection report February 2020.