Personal Development and Relationships


Introduction

The Personal Development and Relationship Policy (PDR) is based on the Welsh Government’s 2010 ‘Sex and Relationships Education SRE in Schools’ document and on guidelines in the Education Act 1996.

The PDR is a response to the Personal and Social Education framework for 7-19 year olds that sets out areas of development for Health and Emotional Well-being along with Moral and Spiritual Development.

This policy aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the whole school.

Aim of the Policy

The aim of the policy is to prepare pupils in a graduated and appropriate way for life as an adult and for positive and healthy relationships.

The lessons ensure that the pupils gain the confidence to discuss in a safe and happy environment. The policy ensures that the pupils understand the development of the body and become aware of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, and the importance of showing respect.

Our aim is to provide a programme of PDR that is appropriate to the age of the pupil, emphasising the social and emotional aspects of relationships:

  • The importance of secure and loving relationships
  • Respect for themselves and each other
  • Rights
  • Responsibilities
  • Sexual equality
  • Tolerance of diversity
  • Violence or force is never acceptable within relationships

Management and Organisation

The staff, pupils, Governors and parents have been consulted in the formulation of this policy.
It is the responsibility of each teacher to ensure that pupils receive the education that conforms to the policy, unless a parent chooses to withdraw their child from the lesson.

We will allocate a week of lessons and activities annually throughout the School during the first half of the summer term to teach the scheme. See below an outline of the week’s lessons which ensure a progression from the Nursery to Year 6:

Foundation Phase

The Welsh Foundation Phase Personal and Social Framework

Year 3

  • Lesson 1: ‘Relationships – what is a good friend?’
  • Lesson 2: ‘Friendship – showing empathy’
  • Lesson 3: ‘Different and similar things between boys and girls’. Look at boy/girl stereotypes; introduce the main physical differences between ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ by looking at pictures of babies, without using the formal vocabulary for the sex organs
  • Lesson 4: ‘Appropriate and Inappropriate touching’

Year 4

  • Lesson 1: ‘Family differences – What is a family?’
  • Lesson 2: ‘Human Life Cycle’ and responsibilities changes
  • Lesson 3: ‘Physical differences between boys and girls’ – name some parts of the body. Use the correct vocabulary for the parts of the body including the sex organs
  • Lesson 4: ‘Growing up and being safe’ – every child has the right to feel safe and know from where to get help and advice if they feel in danger

Year 5

A ‘Questions’ box will be used in the classroom so that pupils can ask questions anonymously.

  • Lesson 1: ‘Friendship’ – that similarities and differences in people contribute to variety in friendships
  • Lesson 2: ‘Physical changes in adolescence’
  • Lesson 3: Adolescence – Groups of Boys/Girls – Periods, changes in boys. Separate lessons for girls and boys so that questions can be answered in greater detail
  • Lesson 4: ‘Adolescence – reproductive systems’ – Revise work on adolescence, parts of the body related to the reproductive system

Year 6

A ‘Questions’ box will be used in the classroom so that pupils can ask questions anonymously.

  • Lesson 1: ‘Relationships – What is love?’
  • Lesson 2: ‘Adolescence – the importance of personal hygiene.’ Also consideration of emotional changes
  • Lesson 3: ‘Reproduction’ – revise parts of the body, discuss reproduction
  • Lesson 4: ‘Relationships, reproduction and pregnancy.’ Activities on relationships, revise reproduction, consider the development of babies, being healthy during pregnancy, giving birth and feeding a baby

Respect

It is extremely important that we are sensitive to the concerns and needs of individuals. It is essential that we as a School recognise the diversity of relationships. Each member of staff will show respect to different families and encourage pupils to discuss in a sensitive and respectful manner.

Resources

During the week, we will use the following resources:

  • Support pack – Sexual Education and Relationships
  • Growing up – an interactive computer resource
  • Floor mat – The Body
  • DVD ‘Sense’ (Yr 6 only)

Visits

During the week, every effort will be made to ensure that visitors come to School to enrich the learning e.g:

  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Mother and child/Father and child
  • Nurse

Exclusions

At the end of the summer term, pupils will study a series of lessons on healthy living, sex and relationships. We would encourage every pupils to attend. Parents have the right to remove their child from the PDR lessons in school. We are happy for parents to arrange a meeting to discuss any concerns. It is possible for pupils to be excluded from some lessons but attend others. The School recognises that parents have the right to ask and decide whether their child can be excluded from the lessons.