Barnwood is committed to the promotion of pupils' personal and social development, health education and citizenship. We aim to equip children with the necessary skills to:
- make good choices about their lifestyles
- care for their emotional and physical health and well-being
- make a valuable contribution to the community in which they belong
- develop a positive image of themselves and others
- managing risk and change
- managing opportunities of developing their own talents and personalities
- live as independent, self-motivated members of the community
- respect and care for the physical environment around them.
School based learning opportunities include discussion and debate, role play and question and answer sessions. Circle Time sessions occur in each year group which provides a group listening system for enhancing children's self-esteem and opportunities for talking about 'difficult situations'.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)
The school aims to promote the positive self-image of each individual so that they respect themselves and others and are, therefore, able to make positive choices.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is covered throughout the school with SRE units being taught specifically in Years 3, 5 and 6. In Year 3 children cover the topics ‘Differences’, ‘How Did I Get Here?’ and ‘Growing Up’. SRE in Y5/6 covers menstruation, the onset of puberty, growing up, the importance of hygiene and "Where do babies come from?" These are taught within the context of a loving family, but do take into account the variety of lifestyles experienced by groups and individuals.
A letter is sent out to parents informing them of their right to view material beforehand and withdraw their children from these modules if they so wish.
In KS1 pupils are taught about safe and healthy lifestyles including the safe use of medicines.
Units of work in KS2 include; Managing Risk, Physical Effects of Drugs and Confidence and Assertiveness.
We have annual visits from the ‘Life Ed’ van which explores many of these areas using an interactive and engaging approach.