At Hillmorton Primary School we teach a Relationships and Health Education curriculum through Discovery Education with additional sessions dedicated to whole class Thrive Activities and Protective Behaviours
Why do we teach Relationships and Health Education?
- First and foremost: it helps to keep our children safe. RHE gives children the knowledge to tell right from wrong, and the skills to assess risk and seek support if they are worried.
- It gives children information and skills to make healthy choices. Children need to have knowledge about what is healthy and what is not, but also the skills to be able to use this information.
- It promotes tolerance and respect linked to our school ethos and our core British values. We want our children to become adults who are accepting of all people, even if their way of life is not the same as their own.
- It develops the skills to form and maintain healthy relationships: whether friendships, family or with teachers, every child needs these skills in order to function effectively in society.
Our Planned Approach for Delivering RHE
- Sessions are taught weekly by the class teacher
- Sessions are grouped around half-termly themes (see below). All year groups will learn about the same theme at the same time, ensuring consistency and progression as children move through the school
- The majority of our learning comes from the Discovery Education Health and Relationships Programme which is developed in line with DfE statutory guidance
- Twice a year, In addition to the Discovery Education sessions, we teach sessions on Protective Behaviours through the 'Taking Care Project' (Further Information on Protective Behaviours sessions can be found on our Safeguarding Page)
- We enhance the programme with regular Thrive sessions, supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of our children.
- Elements of our RHE curriculum are taught as part of our whole school values through 'Secrets of Success'. Understanding others is a key value underpinning our RHE curriculum.
- Circle Time is another way that we will be delivering the RHE curriculum, using this as a strategy that the children are familiar with to promote healthy discussions, taking turns to speak and listening to their peers.
- We use the education resources developed by St John's Ambulance to ensure that all children have knowledge of Basic First Aid.
Discovery Education Programme
The Discovery Education RHE programme develops skills and knowledge in a values-based context which enables schools to convey and enhance their own values, learning and behaviour, supporting these whole-school approaches to developing pupil wellbeing. Each topic contains age-appropriate content, developing themes in a ‘spiritual curriculum’ so that pupils are building on their skills and understanding each year.