Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education including Relationships, Sex and Health Education
Subject Leader: Mrs. J. Eastham
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
At Our Lady and St Gerard’s RC Primary School, we believe that all our pupils should be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to Relationships, Sex and Health Education, which is now a statutory part of the Curriculum. As such RSHE will be delivered to every primary-aged pupil in our school.
The reasons for teaching Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) are to ensure that each and every child is provided with the opportunity to learn how to support their own, and others’ well-being and attainment. Our aim is that each child becomes a successful and happy adult who makes a meaningful contribution to Society. We follow the National Curriculum Guidance for Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and adhere to it's aims, which are to support all our children and young people to become:
Our mission statement at Our Lady and St Gerard’s is “Placing God in our hearts, we will love, live and learn.”
The aims of RSHE education at our school are to achieve this for all our pupils. All the teachers in our school will get to know your children well and are best placed to understand their needs. They will address the teaching of RSHE through links to other Curriculum areas such as, RE, Computing and Science, as well as through distinct stand alone RSHE lessons.
Early Years Foundation Stage - RSHE skills and learning
In the Early Years Foundation stage, the main aim of our teaching is on the Personal Social and Emotional Development of children and focuses on the skills illustrated in the following documents. :
The Early Years Curriculum for PSHE and learning about Relationships.
Whole School Overview for Relationships, Sex and Health Education
The Teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education then continues into Key Stage 1 and throughout Key Stage 2 (years 1-6 ). Our teaching is divided into 3 main themes - Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing, as shown on the Whole School Overview below. (As necessary adaptations to meet any specific needs of your child will be taken into consideration.)
Relationships and Sex Education Consultation
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback as part of our Relationships and Sex Education Consultation.
The results can be found on the following documents:
A Journey in Love
We have adopted the Journey in Love programme to support our Religious Education and our Personal, Social, Health, Sex and Relationships curriculum in school. The programme is developmental and enables the holistic growth of children's understanding of human relationships.
A Journey In Love is a resource which is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Sex and Relationship Education. Through the scheme a different aspect of the mystery of love is focused on in every year group. Children are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God's creative love.
A series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections are used to enable physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development. Many children will have questions related to their lessons. Questions are encouraged and are treated with respect, care and understanding.
A Journey In Love highlights the importance of parental input and children will be told to discuss their lessons at home. As a parent, you have the right to withdraw your child from Sex Education at anytime if you wish to do so, but not from the statutory elements of the curriculum.
Letters will be sent out to parents, at the appropriate time to give more details.
Basic programme contents:
- EARLY YEARS - The wonder of being special and unique
- YEAR ONE - We meet God's love in our family
- YEAR TWO - We meet God's love in the community
- YEAR THREE - How we live in love
- YEAR FOUR - God loves us in our differences
- YEAR FIVE - God loves me in my changing and development
- YEAR SIX - The wonder of God's love in creating new life
To find out more about the Journey of Love scheme please read the information booklet for parents.
Take a moment for yourselves to support
the Mental Health of you and your child
Take a look at some of our work so far in PSHE.
Some examples of work from 'A Journey in Love'.