Curriculum Leader: Mr Gareth Cookson
Intent: PSHE, or personal, social and health education, is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. Reynolds Academy aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning, grouped into three core themes: health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic well-being and aspects of careers education). As an academy, we aim to build on and complement the learning that has already started at home to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. Across the academy, topics and lesson content are adapted to the needs of each group and Reynolds is skilled at making sensitive issues accessible to pupils in a safe and supportive environment. In our programme, we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. Our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process and how to affect peaceful changes in society. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities; to understand and accommodate difference and change; to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.