Teaching RSHE provides 'the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships' which at Gray's Farm, we believe are life long skills.
We approach the teaching of RSHE, using a question based P4C (Philosophy for Children) approach, which allows the children to debate, negotiate and challenge personal beliefs, ideologies and stereotypes.
Our aim at Gray's Farm is to ensure that the children gain life long skills that will ensure they are equipped for the variety of life's experiences. Our RSHE curriculum teaches children about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter therefore enabling them to understand the features of a relationship that will lead to happiness and security.
When learning about families, we ensure that our lessons are representing of our school community and our wider society, whilst remaining sensitive to the knowledge of our pupils and their circumstances. We know that families of many forms (including for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents and carers amongst other structures) provide a nurturing environment for children. Therefore when learning about families, we take care to ensure that conversation is sensitive to the fact that some children may have a different structure of support around them and that there is no discrimination surrounding it.
Not only are our children taught the basis of what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them but they are also guided in cultivating positive personal attributes. These include things from how to take turns; how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect to the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, as well as respect; including the concept of personal privacy.
An ever increasing feature of our children's lives is technology and it is therefore important that our teaching reflects this. Lessons are tailored and relevant to the lives of the younger generation and therefore include online safety and appropriate behaviour, including content on how information and data can be shared and used in all contexts.
Wellbeing is at the heart of our school community and features heavily within our RSHE curriculum. We host Wellbeing days throughout the year that are dedicated to children learning about wellness, as well as lessons during the year exploring positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing. Children are also taught how to seek support when they feel that things are wrong.
In addition to the statutory teaching about relationships and health, we also opt to teach children basic age appropriate sex education as a part of our education at Gray's Farm. To do this, we use a scheme called Jigsaw which provides age appropriate information about the life cycle. For example, this ranges from exploring the life cycles of animals in EYFS, where we hatch baby ducklings to exploring the stages of human growth in key stage one, then later learning about body changes during puberty in upper key stage two. Unlike the relationship and health elements of our RSHE curriculum that are compulsory, where these sessions do not form part of the science curriculum, they are not compulsory.
An overview detailing our RHSE/P4C coverage for each year group from Reception to Year 6 can be found here.