Our approach to Relationships and Health
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Within our school, the development of respectful, caring and trusting relationships is central to our approach to education. Children will learn about how friendships and relationships are mechanisms that allow all of us to shine our very best. Within our PHSE and SRE, children will have practical, hands on learning experiences that all them to develop a deep thankfulness for the bodies they have of those around them. It will also allow them to grow in maturity and understanding as well as in years as they explore puberty and how they are growing into the young men and women of the future.
When we look at Relationships and Sex, we aim to develop an understanding that love is not just a physical, sexual construct. As we see in the lives of David and Jonathan, deep and meaningful relationships are crafted within the love of God. With God as our guide, we journey with our children through the often confusing and challenging world of friendships and relationships. With Jesus as our role model, we will help demonstrate to the children that friendships and relationships are created through:
- encouraging one another and build each other up (1 Thessolonians 5:11)
- treating others as we wish to be treated (Matthew 7:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:33)
- show respect, understanding and forgiveness to each other (Coloassians 3:13)
RSE is lifelong learning about physical, moral, emotional and spiritual development. It is about understanding the importance for family life, of stable loving relationships, life-long marriage, mutual respect, love and care for others. It is also about the teaching of basic puberty and personal hygiene.
‘Healthy Relationships’ lessons are due to begin taking place in the second week in June. This is part of the SRE and Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, where the children will learn age-appropriate lessons including accepting differences between genders and families, plus discussions regarding how bodies change and mature as they grow.
Please see attached documents for more information regarding learning outcomes and suggested support reading.
If you have any questions about our RSE curriculum, please contact Mr Heathcote (subject lead) via the school office.