At St.Augustine’s our aim through our RSHE programme is to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. In providing children with an understanding of healthy and respectful relationships and appropriate boundaries, we consider effective RSHE to be a fundamental part of our approach to supporting pupils to grow into confident, caring, responsible and respectful young citizens.
RSHE is lifelong learning about personal, physical, moral and emotional development. It should teach children and young people to develop and form positive values, attitudes, personal and social skills, and increase their knowledge and understanding of how to make informed decisions and life choices.
At St. Augustine’s RSHE is embedded in areas of the curriculum such as science, PE and geography, in the day to day life of the school and using a scheme of work called “Live Life to the Full” which embraces the Catholic ethos of our school, where the entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created chosen and loved by God.
This scheme is based on three core themes, as set out by the Catholic Education Service
“Created and loved by God (this explores the individual) The Christian imperative to love self, made in the image and likeness of God, shows an understanding of the importance of valuing and understanding oneself as the basis for personal relationships.
Created to love others (this explores an individual’s relationships with others) God is love. We are created out of love and for love. The command to love is the basis of all Christian morality.
Created to live in community – local, national & global (this explores the individual’s relationships with the wider world) Human beings are relational by nature and live in the wider community.”
RSHE is taught from EYFS to Year 6. It is delivered as a spiral curriculum that enables pupils to build on their prior learning by revisiting some themes to further develop knowledge, values and skills in an age and stage-appropriate manner. As such, some themes are repeated to enable a deeper exploration of the related issues.
The curriculum is broken down into 3 main areas, they are:
- Families and people who care for me
- Respectful Relationships
- Caring Relationships
- Online Relationships
- Being Safe
Physical health and mental wellbeing
- Mental well-being
- Internet safety and harm
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic first-aid
- Changing adolescent body
Living in the Wider World
- Shared responsibilities
- Economic Well Being
- Media Literacy digital resilience
Whole School Events
We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: school council, Eco School, whole school fundraising plus engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: librarians, sports coaches, music teachers, artists, authors, representatives from the local church and wider community. We participate in and promote national events such as Anti-Bullying Week and Children in Need.
NSPCC – Online Safety information – https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/online-abuse/
Stonewall- parents advice & guidance section around sexuality and coming out – https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/coming-out/coming-out-advice-and-guidance-parents
CEOP- information and advice for parents and carers around online safety – age appropriate videos to show children and young people – https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
PACE- Parents against child sexual exploitation – advice and support – https://paceuk.info/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1erjh6iY4AIVr7vtCh28rwIuEAAYAiAAEgIZgvD_BwE