At New Christ Church we believe in teaching children about healthy relationships with friends and family; developing a good understanding of what healthy future relationships can look like.
Our narrative of 'Love Each Other, Love Our World, Love Ourselves' is all based upon love and the importance of respect. We therefore work hard to ensure all our children are taught how to be healthy and safe in their lives and the choices they make; this includes recognising and forming positive life sustaining relationships with others both in the real and virtual world.
When planning and delivering the Relationships, Health and Sex Education curriculum, as laid out by the government, respect is central to everything we do. We follow the principles and guides as laid out in the Church Of England document ‘Valuing all God’s Children’. We educate our children about the diverse world in which we live as well as how to behave and live in a healthy manner, safeguarding the wellbeing of ourselves and those we love.
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place, exploring issues and values
- Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Create a positive culture around issues of relationships and sexuality
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
- Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Developing children emotionally, socially and culturally
- Learn about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity
We value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme as well as within our Science and Computing curriculum. To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to our children’s needs. The overview of this can be seen below.