At Levens CE School, our relationships, sex and health education curriculum is planned and delivered to support our pupils in being happy, healthy and safe. Our aim is to equip them with the skills they need through childhood and into adult life which enable them to make a positive contribution to society. We recognise the challenges that living in modern Britain present, but also the opportunities it offers too. Children and young people today are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives both on and offline. In such an environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy as well as how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. The RSHE teaching at Levens CE School contributes to our statutory duty to safeguard children and prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Throughout EYFS and Key Stages One and Two, children learn about themselves and their relationships, rights and responsibilities, valuing difference, being their best, keeping themselves safe and growing and changing. For children in Year 6, transition to secondary school is also a key element. There are many opportunities for cross curricular learning from other subjects across the curriculum including our physical education programme and science curriculum.
RSHE is taught in each class from EYFS-Y6 throughout the school. The curriculum is progressive, building on the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills year on year and is delivered by class teachers using the Coram Life Education & SCARF programme. RSHE is taught in an age-appropriate manner and organised according to our unique class structure. The curriculum is also delivered through opportunities that are provided outside timetabled RSHE lessons such as assemblies, collective worship, Open the Book, class reflection time, School Council meetings, charity events and Eco Team. Pupils’ development in RSHE is monitored by class teachers and the RSHE lead as part of our internal informal assessment systems.
At Levens our children learn how to stay safe and healthy both emotionally and physically, build their self-esteem, resilience and empathy in order to become independent and responsible members of society by the time they leave us in year 6.
Our curriculum enables them to understand how they are developing socially and emotionally and helps to tackle many of the moral, cultural and social issues which they may already be experiencing or will face as part of their adult lives. It allows them to learn about their rights and responsibilities and encourages them to understand how their actions have consequences and how they are able to make informed decisions. Our pupils appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society and are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.