Here at Langley Mill Academy, RSHE underpins everything we do. Our motto, 'Live, Laugh, Learn', provides the children with the foundations for their learning, summarised by these six statements (which are all underpinned by the British Values):
Live - Respectful and Safe
Laugh - Caring and Friendly
Learn - Responsible and Enthusiastic
The key objectives of our RSHE programme are to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of positive and healthy relationships and the importance of commitment
- Make pupils aware of their rights especially in relation to their bodies
- Enable the development of social and relationship skills and protective behaviours
- Prepare pupils for the physical and emotional changes of puberty
- Develop understanding of reproduction and birth within the context of loving and caring relationships
- Explore a range of attitudes, values and faith perspectives around aspects of relationships and sex
- Support pupils to use the internet safely and to recognise the benefits and risks that it brings
- Develop pupils’ skills around assessing risk and keeping safe
- Enable children to gain the skills and understanding to support the development of healthy bodies and minds
- Enable pupils to recognise and manage their emotions
- Provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to access appropriate support
The RSHE programme is based on the needs of pupils in the school with learning outcomes appropriate to their age, ability and level of maturity. RSHE will be firmly embedded within our broader curriculum areas, including Science and PE, in addition to more focused learning through RSHE sessions. Pupils will be helped to appreciate difference and to respect themselves and others.
Through its three core themes (Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World) our RSHE curriculum matches the children’s growing needs as they progress through Langley Mill Academy.
For example: with Health and Wellbeing, the children being Year 3 with learning what a good friend is. This is built upon in Years 4 and 5, and then by Year 6 they are ready to learn how friendships grow and change as they prepare for their transition to secondary school.
With the Relationships, Sex and Health Education elements of PSHE compulsory in all schools* from September 2020, our Curriculum has been fully updated to adhere to the statutory changes.
RSHE will be taught in each year group throughout the school. The curriculum we deliver is age-appropriate and progressive, building the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills year on year. We work to objectives in each year group that support the outcomes outlined in the government RSHE guidance. Some elements of RSHE are delivered through national curriculum Science, whilst others are delivered through PSHE lessons, assemblies and focussed sessions. RSHE is taught weekly in every year group and DARE is taught alongside our RSHE curriculum in year 6.
Below is a list of topics covered by our RSHE programme:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
- Mental wellbeing
- Internet safety and harms
- Physical Health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic First Aid
- Changing adolescent body
Elements of the RSHE curriculum will also be taught through class and whole-school assemblies, and via cross-curricular opportunities such as English and Themed Reading.
Pupils show their understanding of the RSHE curriculum in a number of ways such as discussion, drama, written work and photographs. When work has a written outcome it is recorded in the curriculum book.
The RHSE curriculum will be evaluated and reviewed by pupils and teachers on a regular basis. Parents will have an opportunity to feedback either through individual contact or through planned consultation meetings.
As a school we put the needs of the children in our care first. We know it’s important for them to be literate and numerate in order to be well prepared for the next stage in their learning journey, but we also know that children need to develop their social and emotional skills. Our RSHE curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that all children are informed about healthy relationships at an appropriate level for their age and development. This is not taught in isolation and links to other areas of the curriculum and enrichment in order to give it meaning and aid understanding.
We acknowledge that not all parents feel confident or comfortable talking to their children about this area therefore our work in school ensures that all pupils have the information they need to keep safe and make positive, healthy choices.
We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.
RSHE is an acronym for Relationships, Sex and Health Education.
The government has made The Department for Education has introduced compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it has been compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education. Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.
Please have a look at this RSHE Parent Information PowerPoint which takes you through how and why we teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education at Langley Mill Academy.
Here is our RSHE Policy.
If you have any questions about our RSHE curriculum, please do get in touch.