RelationshipS, Sex and health Education
RSHE is taught as part of the National Curriculum, and is an essential part of developing the whole child. During Key Stage 1 pupils learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development.
They learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They begin to learn about their own and other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other children and older people. As members of a class and school community, they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They begin to take an active part in the life of our school and its neighbourhood.
During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement from our school. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying.
We try where possible to personalise RSHE to our school and its ethos. For example, as part of our drive to promote healthy lifestyles we ask parents to try to cut out crisps and chocolate in their child’s lunch box, and in return we ensure every KS1 child is provided with free fruit and veg every day. Our school is also proud to have gained both the Investors in Health, and National Healthy School Accreditation and to be awarded again Enhanced Healthy School Status as a centre for promoting good health.
Below are two summary pages showing the content of our ‘Jigsaw’ curriculum for teaching Relationships, Sex and Health Education.