The status of RE and PSHE in the National Curriculum are slightly different from the other compulsory subjects; although they are referred to, they do not have the same universal delivery in schools. RE follows a locally-agreed syllabus and PSHE is non-statutory. From September 2020, RSHE, which will include previous elements of PSHE at Worstead, will become statutory. We are currently in the consultation period.
Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
The school's approach to teaching PSHE is based on a social and emotional education programme called PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies). The PATHS curriculum is a comprehensive program that promotes emotional and social competencies, reducing aggression and behaviour problems in Reception through to KS2, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom.
The PATHS curriculum is used by class teachers around other lessons as the objectives are often more 'bite size' and linked to day to day challenges which need thought and contemplation in the classroom. It aims to improve emotional literacy, self-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills. These are all linked to our vision and values.
In September, PSHE will be realigned into the area of RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) under the curricular group of 'Life Skills'. RSHE will become a statutory National Curriculum subject in September 2020.
Religious Education and Collective Worship
Religious Education is held in accordance with the latest Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, within which pupils will study a particular unit of work over a number of weeks. The syllabus is broad in nature, with themes such as Beliefs and Questions, Symbols, Inspirational People, Religion, Family and Community, Sacred Places. These themes touch many cultures and religions and raise important issues of similarities and differences between a range of cultures and beliefs. The themes run through all year groups and are re-visited at different levels throughout a child’s time with us.
Parents wishing to withdraw their child from R.E. lessons are free to do so and alternative provision for their education will be made.
As a maintained school, our daily act of collective worship is Christian in nature and follows a set theme over each half term covering Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects. We encourage participation, reflection and sometimes dramatic presentations.
Visiting Christian ministers are a weekly feature and add further interest and dimension. Some Acts of Worship are devoted to singing hymns, others take the form of worship within the classroom and will be pitched to the needs of younger or older pupils as required. At the end of each week, we include time to celebrate the pupils’ achievements in the form of ‘The Gold Book’. As with Religious Education, parents wishing to withdraw their child from the Daily Act of Worship, are free to do so.
From time to time the school will be called together for a general assembly and parents and other members of the community are often invited to share these occasions e.g. Harvest time, Easter, End of Year assembly, which will be held in the local Church.