CO-ORDINATOR: MRS A MORTEN
To promote children’s personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and well-being. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
From September 2020 the Department for Education has made Relationships and Health Education (RSE) compulsory in all primary schools. Our relationships education (RSE) programme promotes the development of children’s healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships in all contexts, including online, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
RSE is firmly embedded in our school’s PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils.
At St Joseph’s, children’s wellbeing, happiness and safety are our first priority, and PSHE/RSE is the key vehicle through which we share this with children. We regard PSHE/RSE as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum; it is central to our approach and at the core of our ethos.
The PSHE curriculum will be implemented at Key Stage 1, with the children learning 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 will learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe both in the ‘real world’ and on line, and for behaving well. They will have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for themselves and their environment. They will 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 will learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. They will begin to take an active part in the life of their school and its neighbourhood.
Within the RSE curriculum, children will learn about the roles different people play in our lives such as friends and relatives, they identify the people who love and care for them and what they do to help them feel cared for. They will begin to explore different types of families including those that may be different to their own and identify common features of family life. They will be given strategies and guidance on when it is important to tell someone (such as their teacher) if something about their family makes them unhappy or worried. They will discuss how people make friends and what makes a good friendship, about how to recognise when they or someone else feels lonely and what to do. They will learn simple strategies to resolve arguments between friends positively and how to ask for help if a friendship is making them feel unhappy. They will also begin to develop an understanding of online relationships and how to stay safe whilst interacting with others online. 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.
At Key Stage 2, children will learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They will develop their understanding and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe both in the ‘real world’ and on line, and for demonstrating positive behaviours and attitudes. They will become more mature, independent and self-confident. They will learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They will 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 will learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. They will 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. As they begin to develop into young adults, they will face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with the support and encouragement from St Joseph’s staff.
Within the RSE curriculum, children will be able to recognise that there are different types of relationships (e.g. friendships, family relationships, online relationships). They will learn that a feature of positive family life is caring relationships; about the different ways in which people care for one another. They will be able to recognise and respect that there are different types of family structure (including single parents, step-parents, blended families, foster parents); that families of all types can give family members love, security and stability. They will learn to recognise other shared characteristics of healthy family life, including commitment, care, spending time together; being there for each other in times of difficulty and how to recognise if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe, and how to seek help or advice. They will discuss the importance of friendships; strategies for building positive friendships; how positive friendships support wellbeing, what constitutes a positive healthy friendship (e.g. mutual respect, trust, truthfulness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, sharing interests and experiences, support with problems and difficulties); that the same principles apply to online friendships as to face-to-face relationships and to recognise what it means to ‘know someone online’ and how this differs from knowing someone face-to-face. They will learn the importance of seeking support if feeling lonely or excluded. They will learn strategies for recognising and managing peer influence and a desire for peer approval in friendships, recognise the effect of online actions on others and how friendships can change over time. They will also learn how to manage disputes and reconcile differences positively and safely. They will deepen their understanding of the impact of bullying, including offline and online and learn strategies to respond to hurtful behaviour experienced or witnessed, offline and online (including teasing, name-calling, bullying, trolling, harassment or the deliberate excluding of others); how to report concerns and get support, and the consequences of hurtful behaviour. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school.
- Anti-bullying / Safeguarding week – November 2020 (Information to follow)
Topics covered include:
- Relationships and Friendships
- Safety in school and out of school including internet safety
- Dealing with emotions
- People and their work
- Keeping healthy
Please click HERE for our school PHSE Policy.
Please click HERE to view our Diversity page.
Please click HERE to access the photos of the Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
Updated September 2021.