Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at The Bythams has a whole school approach based on what is required by the National Curriculum. This approach is alongside the treatment of issues that are deemed relevant to Primary School children, as and when they arise.
We recognise that good sex education is about relationships and, working alongside the curriculum for RE, is conducted in the context of loving, stable and respectful relationships. Major aspects of human reproduction are taught in Year 6, and outside agencies come into school to talk to the children about puberty and its attendant bodily changes. Parents may withdraw children from all or part of the sex education given, except that which is required as part of the Science curriculum.
Many aspects of PSHE are taught through literature chosen for use in the Literacy Hour.
Aspects of citizenship are especially appropriate for Year 6 children.
Peer Mediators are trained, and available, to offer initial support to other children who may have minor problems at playtimes.