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 Relationship, Sex and Health Education

In the academic year 2021/22, Relationships Education and Health Education became statutory in all primary schools in England.  This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in RSE.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility.  The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

After researching various programmes that are available, Holy Cross Catholic MAC decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten Ten Resources. Ten Ten is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work.

Life to the Full has been approved by our diocese.  Furthermore, Ten Ten have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.

LIFE TO THE FULL

This is an ambitious, evolving programme of work that we believe has a transformative impact on the life of our school community. By using this programme, staff and parents deliver a fully-integrated and holistic programme that truly enables children to ‘live life to the full’ (John 10:10).  The structure of the programme has been based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. The Ten Ten programme provides an entire platform of creative resources that engage, inform and inspire our children, parents and staff. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities and original worship music, all whilst employing a wide range of teaching tools and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers.

LIFE TO THE FULL PLUS

The first strand focuses on the topics of transitions, rights and responsibilities and  money and careers – all of which mirror the spiral curriculum approach of Life to the Full, where topics are introduced and developed across key stages.

For both Life to the Full and Life to the Full Plus, there is an Online Parent Portal, so parents can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children. We also have a CPD Package for teachers and governors and the Teacher’s Hub which includes informative articles on RSHE and the Life to the Full programme.

We promise to enjoy living life to the full!

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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development.  It is about the development of the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of what it means to be fully human, to live in respectful relationships, to make moral decisions and to understand we are all made in the image and likeness of God. In Christ the King Catholic Primary school, the focus will be on ‘teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults’.

We want our pupils to develop the knowledge and skills to make positive, healthy choices, look after themselves and others, and importantly, to keep safe as they develop through life and into adulthood.  Pupils will be prepared for the changes of adolescence to ensure they are equipped to manage these effectively.  All of this is set within and compliments the Catholic ethos and values of our school.

Our approach to RSHE is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person.

At our school, we deliver a PSHE curriculum alongside our RSHE curriculum which is accessible to all that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they are equipped to lead a successful life within, and beyond, Christ the King Catholic Primary School.

We provide our children with opportunities to learn about the world around them, including British Values as well as rights and responsibilities. We want to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are also encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life, the Parish and the wider community.

We utilise a PSHE Scheme of Work, in order to equip pupils with a sound understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. This is delivered in a sequential manner; building on prior learning and preparing for future learning. To ensure the curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils, we make use of  additional resources from the NSPCC,  Espresso for Internet/ Cyber Safety, Think! Safety and our RSHE programme of study, Ten Ten, so that we ensure we cover the National Curriculum statutory guidance on drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Our children will develop their knowledge and skills so they can be healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and who have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Each term, our PSHE curriculum is enhanced with a Citizenship, Fundraising Focus, Project. This enables all pupils to develop a greater understanding of the importance of community engagement which is integral in our Parish community.

Implementation

At Christ the King we have taken a thematic approach to primary RSHE education, covering all three core themes of the Programme of Study outlined by the ‘Life to the Full’ Ten Ten Resources. This approach allows different year groups to work on similar themes at the same time, building a spiral programme year on year, whilst offering flexibility in terms of medium-term planning.

We work in partnership with pupils, parents and carers to offer all pupils a planned programme of education about human development, healthy relationships of all kinds, sexuality and family life which is developmental and appropriate to the age and maturity of the child.  

All teachers will deliver RSHE in a safe way ensuring that all pupils feel able to participate and contribute.  To support this each class creates a group agreement outlining expected behaviour, rights and responsibilities within RSHE sessions.

As with all curriculum areas there will be assessment in RSHE to ensure that pupils are achieving the intended learning outcomes.  Teachers will assess pupils’ learning at the end of each unit. 

All RSHE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching. It will emphasise the central importance of marriage and the family whilst acknowledging that all pupils have a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever household they come from.

SEND

To ensure all of our children with Special Educational Needs can access RSHE and PSHE, our teachers use adaptive teaching approaches which allow all children to learn the necessary knowledge and develop a range of skills. This can take many different forms such as pre-teaching concepts, providing additional 1:1 support or implementing 'scaffolds'. The school’s Learning Mentor also provides support to pupils, parents and staff to support the individual needs of a child.

Learning Connections

There are a multitude of opportunities to make links to other areas of our curriculum. During the Computing Curriculum/Assembly Calendar, all children learn about how to keep themselves safe in the modern world when online. In our Forest School, children learn about the importance of personal safety when using a wide range of tools and lighting fires. In science, children learn about their bodies; making appropriate links to the relationships education part of our RSHE curriculum which is in line with the Catholic Teachings of our faith. When teaching PSHE, links are made to these other areas of learning so children can make learning connections.

Impact

  • RSHE is accessible for all pupils
  • Pupils develop a positive view of themselves and to respect others
  • Pupils can recognise pressure in all its forms and have strategies to resist this
  • Pupils have the knowledge and skills to recognise and manage risks and keep themselves safe, in real life and online
  • Pupils understand what helps to keep their bodies and minds healthy and things they can do to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Pupils have the knowledge and skills to recognise and manage their mental and emotional well-being.
  • Pupils understand their changing bodies before the changes occur.
  • Pupils understand what it means to be part of a community
  • Pupils begin to develop an understanding of money and employment
  • To provide opportunities for all students to learn appropriate to their needs

Assessment

We track our children's learning across the RSHE / PSHE Curriculum by completing summative assessment end of unit trackers. Where our curriculum is supplemented with additional schemes/programmes such as Road Safety, we utilise the specific resources to assess our children's learning.

In order to effectively assess learning, the children carry out a pre-unit and end of unit assessment each half-term. This type of assessment activity enables both the teacher and the children to clearly see the progress that they have made.