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Our Curriculum Vision

The children and their learning are at the core of everything we do at Gascoigne Primary School. Our PSHE curriculum is designed to take into consideration our children’s varied backgrounds and cultural experiences as we believe they deserve a curriculum that does not narrow their life chances but expands them, enabling social equity and mobility. We therefore prepare children to be lifelong learners and global citizens.


The Gascoigne Strands

The Gascoigne Curriculum is explicitly PSHE-focussed. The four principles (Ourselves, Our World, Our Education, Our Rights) underpin and encompass the wide range of pedagogies, methodologies and experiences which drive the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding of concepts at Gascoigne. Each principle carries a Curriculum Vision Statement, supported by approximately four Character Development Strands, which articulate the personal development purposes and the inherent PSHE learning across our school’s curriculum. Our curriculum is thereby predicated on the importance of PSHE. The subject, and a PSHE-focussed approach to the overall curriculum is fundamental to realising our curriculum vision statements.


Rights Respecting

A PSHE-focussed approach to the curriculum at Gascoigne Primary School enables us to deliver on our obligations as a Rights Respecting School. Through PSHE learning, pupils will explore and address many of the rights contained within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), leading to a greater understanding of the relevance of the rights within their own lives.


What we are Learning

The PSHE focus at any given point during the school year will be the same across different year groups:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Staying Safe Mental
Families and
Aspirations and
Growing up

Right to Withdraw from Sex Education

From September 2020 parents have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education, but not the right to withdraw their child from any lessons that are in the statutory Relationships, Science and Health Education Curriculum. In accordance with this, it is made clear to parents of year 6 children that they can withdraw their children from the additional sex education lessons we deliver in Year 6. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child from Sex Education we ask that they discuss it with a member of SLT and then complete a ‘Request for Withdrawal from Sex Education Lessons’ form, and send this to the headteacher. Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.





Get in touch

Gascoigne Primary School Gascoigne Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 7DR

Gascoigne Shaftesburys, Shaftesburys, Barking, Essex, IG11 7JA

020 8270 4291