Family Consultation

I am writing to share with you our new Relationships and Sex Education Policy along with associated materials that will help you understand how we teach life skills and the important part it plays in our curriculum offer. Importantly, I would also like to gather your feedback and queries.

 

Maths and English are the core of our curriculum but relationships education is at the heart of it. We are committed to helping all pupils to grow up healthily, happily and safely while navigating life in modern Britain. Relationships and health education; life skills, have been incorporated into our curriculum to equip pupils with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their health, safety, and relationships with others, now and in the future. We aim to deliver relationships and health education which is current, evolving, age- and developmentally-appropriate, and respectful of each pupil’s cultural and religious background.

 

What is relationships education?

Relationships education will give pupils the foundation to build safe, positive relationships with those around them, including online. Your child will be taught what friendships and relationships are, and what family means. We are committed to teaching relationships education in a positive, age-appropriate way, encouraging all pupils to treat others with kindness, consideration and respect.

 

Throughout their time with us, pupils will be taught about the following:

  • Families and the people who care for them
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Keeping safe

 

What is health education?

We aim for health education to provide your child with the knowledge they need to make positive decisions about their own health and wellbeing. Health education will also help equip your child to recognise when they are experiencing issues, when others are experiencing issues, and when to seek support.

 

Throughout their time with us, pupils will be taught about the following:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • The risks associated with drugs, tobacco and alcohol
  • Health and the prevention of ill health
  • Basic first aid
  • The changing adolescent body

 

 

What you need to know

The teaching of life skills in school has been designed to complement and reinforce the essential lessons parents teach their children as they grow up. To put this into practice, it is good practice to consult with you; our parents and carers.

 

Our website has a list of key information for you:

  1. Relationships and Health Education Policy
  2. Life skills curriculum overview This is the full life skills curriculum including health including changing and growing and mental well being and bereavement, keeping safe including  internet safety,  British values,  drugs, money and enterprise .
  3. Growing & Changing (Lucinda & Godfrey) chronology. This is the scheme that we use to teach the children about growing and changing. Check out your child’s year group for what they will cover this year. Year 5 & 6 share the same curriculum.
  4. Growing & Changing Vocabulary list. This is a list of the words that the children will be taught within our growing and changing curriculum. \We hope that this will help you at home.

 

We will notify you of any proposed changes to the aforementioned policy early in the autumn term.

 

As relationships and health education is a statutory part of our curriculum, it is not possible for you to withdraw your child from these lessons. It is also compulsory for your child to participate in science lessons, some of which contain educational material about human development and the reproductive system – it is not possible to withdraw your child from these lessons.  However, I am very happy to meet with you to address any concerns that you might have and talk it through so pelase do not worry.

 

To find out more information about our relationships and health education curriculum, or share any questions you may have, please contact myself at headteacher@skeltonprimaryschool.co.uk or ring to make an appointment. We value your responses.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sarah Walker