Subject overview – Relationships and Heath Education.

The aims and intention of Relationships and Health Education.

We believe that to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful childhood and then maturing into adult life, pupils need knowledge and understanding that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. We aim for our pupils to put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and more complex contexts within life. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives and our Relationships and Health Education teaching supports pupils to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to how to ask and find age-appropriate support. As a school we aim to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences as they grow up and eventually mature into adult life, whilst also promoting their the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development. At Valley End we aim to teach from our Relationship and Health Education curriculum, using sensitive, sufficient, well-chosen and appropriate opportunities and contexts for pupils to embed new knowledge so that children can use it confidently in real life situations

The implementation of Relationships and Health Education and how it is taught.

As a school we follow the Coram Life Education ‘Scarf’ schemes of work and lesson plans. These schemes of work and lesson plans are organised around the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) Association’s Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities as well as the DfE’s Relationships Education and Health Education statutory guidance.  They are also in-line with the Church of England Charter for faith, sensitive and inclusive relationships education and health education. Click here to view the Coram Life Education website.

Relationship and Health Education is taught across the school as part of weekly Personal, Social and Health Education lessons. These lessons are taught discretely as well as throughout the school day as different situations or issues arise or during collective worship/assembly times. Lessons are taught to all children within a classroom setting regardless of ability or any special educational needs of disability. Themes and teaching content are also adapted to the needs of individual pupils, classes or groups and when appropriate we work closely with parents on any particular teaching themes or areas.

Please see the year group tabs for the details of the age appropriate teaching content for Relationship and Health Education for each year group. As a school we are confident that each of the different teaching areas and content are appropriate for each year group. We, do however, regularly review the content of the different teaching areas to ensure that they continue to be appropriate for our pupils.

The impact of Relationships and Health Education and how it prepares children for their next stage of education.

Our vision, values and ethos, alongide the teaching and learning of Relationships and Health Edcucation, results in our children flourishing and thriving academically, spirtutally and personally. Children develop and foster a joy of learning in which they feel valued, and then value others through an understanding of forgiveness and respect. 

Pupils are equippped with the emotional and pracitcal tools in order to make age-appropriate and informed decisions actions about their physical and mental well-being, health and relationships. Pupils also know how to keep safe and what to do, or who to speak to, if they feel unsafe.

Valley End’s Relationships and Health Education Curriculum provides our children with the emotional and practical tools to help them develop a happy childhood as a foundation to maturing into adult life.