RSHE at Porchester Junior School
At Porchester, we all know the experiences a child has during the formative years of their life has such an impact on the kind of person they will develop into and become in the future. Such a lot of this important time is spent in school so, it is essential that we work in partnership with parents so that we can make a positive difference and create a strong foundation that can be built upon as children continue to grow, develop and flourish.
The aim for our RSHE curriculum is to help our children to build healthy friendships and positive relationships in an age appropriate way. An important part of RSHE at Porchester is the ability to discuss and debate issues with clarity, and listen to people’s points of view, whilst understanding that you do not have to agree with them but recognise their point of view.
The overall objectives of the RSHE curriculum are concerned about raising awareness of attitudes and values, developing personal and social skills and promoting knowledge and understanding. RSHE will look at aspects of diversity in an inclusive and non-judgemental way. At Porchester, we whole-heartedly support the philosophy of RSHE and believe it is most effective when taught as part of PSHE.
The statutory Government guidance that we must follow can be found at:
Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.
Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, your child’s school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content about:
- Families and People who Care for me
- Caring Friendships
- Respectful Relationships
- Online Relationships
- Being Safe
Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:
- Mental Wellbeing
- Internet Safety
- Physical Health and Fitness
- Healthy Eating and Lifestyles
- Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco - Facts and Risks
- Health and Prevention
- Basic First Aid
- Changing Adolescent Body
What are your Parental Rights?
The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under our new Porchester Preparing for Life curriculum. Teaching at school will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.
At Porchester Junior School, it’s important to us that we progress our plans for RSHE alongside your views as parents and develop and renew our policies on Relationships Education accordingly.
You can express your opinion in the form below, and this will help us decide how and when to cover the content of the statutory guidance. It may also help us decide whether to teach additional non-statutory content.
The Right to Withdraw
You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.
If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn. At primary level, the Headteacher must grant this request.
The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the new subjects, the best thing to do is speak to Miss Moore (DHT), read our proposed RSE policy and the document from Gov.UK:
Porchester Junior School Relationships and Sex Education
The comprehensive program of RSE, used by Porchester Junior School is called The Christopher Winter Project. It provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships, focusing on staying safe both on and offline. Below you can see the topic overviews covered by the scheme in each year group.
If you would like to review the resources to be used in a particular year group in more detail, please contact us and we can arrange a remote meeting to show these to you.