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Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Subject Leader: Mrs J. Watts

 

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:

  • Happy
  • Healthy 
  • Safe

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. 

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:

 Early Years Foundation Stage - RSHE skills and learning

 

The teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education will begin in the Early Years and will focus on the skills illustrated in the following overview:

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 )  and will follow the Whole School Overview shown below (along with adaptations to meet any specific needs of your child.)

     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.

December - May be a stressful time for all the family - so give this a whirl...

Why not try out an Active Advent Calendar?  This will help promote a 'feel good factor' for all the family. 

Each day in December, up until Christmas Day you will be given a new activity, dance move or fun activity to join in with.  This is all 100% free and there is absolutely no chocolate in sight.  For details of how to join in the fun, simply click on the attached link from I Moves. 

Anti-Bullying and Relationships – November 2021

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us.  This is one of the reasons, that One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from 15-19 of November 2021.

 

At Our Lady and St Gerard’s Primary School our children are taught the importance of Respecting Ourselves and others.  We aim to support our children to learn how to consider the feelings of others through the teachings in our Relationships Education which forms part of our RSHE Curriculum. For example in their lessons during Anti-Bullying Week and throughout their learning  about Relationships; throughout the school children are taught:

 

EYFS – To talk with others to solve conflicts. To begin to understand how others might be feeling.

Y1  -  How behaviour affects others; being polite and respectful.

Y2 – How to recognise hurtful behaviour. What is bullying?

Y3 – How to respond to others; the impact of hurtful behaviour. What keeps us safe?

Y4 - Responding to hurtful behaviour; managing confidentiality; recognising risks online. How we can manage our feelings.

Y5 – How to respond respectfully to a wide range of people, recognising prejudice and discrimination.

Y6 – How to express opinions and respect other points of view, including discussing topical issues. Valuing diversity, challenging discrimination.

 

Please remember to contact your child's class teacher in the first instance, if you have any concerns about your child and their relationships within school.

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Ideas for supporting your child with well-being

 

Covid-19

The health and wellbeing of our children and their families has never been so important during these unprecedented times.  We all need to look after ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.  Why not try out some of these great self help ideas with your child - aimed at supporting their mental and emotional health (and yours too!)

New for 2021 - Why not visit?

 

https://twitter.com/place2be?lang=en

 

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/eating-tips.html

 

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/childrens-wellbeing-activities-for-teaching-staff-and-families.html

 

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/10-mental-wellbeing-apps-all-family

 

Please use the following slideshow to gain some very useful ideas to support the wellbeing of your child and all the family.  We sincerely hope you find some of these ideas helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that your child has a specific wellbeing problem that we may be able to support you with. 

Lockdown learning was fun

 

Take a look at some of the fun home learning we have been doing in RSHE to support our Wellbeing during lockdown.

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