At Mere Green, we place a strong emphasis on the personal growth of our children in order to help them develop into well-rounded, global citizens who can not only build positive, lasting relationships and confidently understand and handle modern-day issues, but who can also succeed in a work environment that is constantly evolving. We want our children to leave primary school knowing how to make informed decisions to build positive relationships and manage disagreements; how to stay safe and healthy; how to become increasingly active citizens, respecting both rules and diversity across their local, national and global community and to have high aspirations for their future career endeavours.
We achieve this through delivering ambitious, well-sequenced and engaging weekly lessons that continually build on children’s understanding, whilst recapping core knowledge and skills children need to succeed in life.
Our curriculum fulfils both the statutory requirements for RHE (Relationship and Health Education), non-statutory SRE and fulfils the National Curriculum requirement to teach PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and goes beyond the statutory requirements by referring to the PSHE Association Programme of Study.
Each year group teaches a unit of lessons on the themes/key areas of:
- Families and relationship, including bullying, stereotyping and respecting differences
- Health and wellbeing, exploring physical and mental health
- Safety and the changing body, featuring digital safety, road safety, puberty and first aid
- Citizenship looking at responsibility, community and democracy
- Economic wellbeing, exploring money and career and aspirations
The five core areas are reviewed annually as part of a spiral curriculum to ensure that each time the area is taught, learning is more in-depth in order to build on earlier understanding and knowledge. Lessons within a key area are also progressive, building upon one another so that our children are able to confidently and sensitively share their thoughts and opinions on relevant issues, demonstrating ever deeper understanding.
Not only through our curriculum, but through the constant consolidation of our school rules, ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’, through our school behaviour policy which is built on the principles of restorative justice, through our whole school values of ‘Thrive, Contribute and Mental Strength’ we ensure our children are respectful, empathetic, resilient and confident of their worth.