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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


Pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:


  • developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities;
  • preparing to play an active role as citizens;
  • developing a healthy, safer lifestyle;
  • developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.


In addition children are taught about Road Safety through films and activities supplied and organised by the Borough Road Safety Officer. Pupils in the upper juniors participate in the borough-wide Junior Citizens programme, elements of which address road safety and safety on public transport. Transport for London trainers also visit Year 6 classes to encourage safe and responsible use of public transport.



Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)


The school has an agreed policy on Sex and Relationships Education. The objective of SRE is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful program, firmly embedded in PSHE and C lessons will help young people to respect themselves and others and move with confidence through adolescence into adulthood. Although Sex Education itself is taught in Year 5 pupils learn about relationships throughout their time at Darrick Wood Junior.


In accordance with the law parents have a right to withdraw their child from Sex Education lessons. If this is the case we would encourage you to discuss the matter with the class teacher before making a final decision. Should you choose to withdraw your child from these lessons please notify the school in writing of your decision. Parents wishing to view the Sex Education and Relationships Policy should contact the school office.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)


The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils is central to the education that we seek to provide our children at Darrick Wood Junior, and it always has been.   Whilst there will be elements of the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development that are provided for discretely, it is our aim for SMSC to be a central thread that runs through all aspects of our curricular and extra-curricular provision. Teachers identify opportunities to develop SMSC themes as part of the pupils’ wider planned learning opportunities and in doing so we ensure that SMC is woven into the fabric of learning at DWJS, wherever that learning may take place.


The school’s commitment to both the rights of children (primarily through the Rights Respecting Schools initiative) and the promotion of fundamental British values, including the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, are also key aspects of the school’s provision in this regard.


The school’s core values, including its commitment to promoting British values, are promoted through the following means:


  • Student voice bodies e.g. School Council, Class Councils, Eco Council, Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors
  • Whole school and year group assemblies
  • Planned learning e.g. PSHE/SEAL lessons, RE lessons
  • Themed events
Please phone, email or text by 9.10am if your child is going to be absent. Text no. 01689 422004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Please remember to keep your child's lunch money account topped up on School Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .