RHE through JIGSAW
At John T Rice Infant and Nursery School we recognise that RHE encompasses every aspect of school life.
Every child has a right to Relationship and Health Education from Autumn 2022. The learning in KS1 within the RHE curriculum is focussed around teaching the fundemental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, especially teaching content about friendships, family relationships and relationships with other children and with adults.
This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils should be taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.
Establishing personal space and boundaries, showing respect and understanding the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact.
Respect for others should be taught in an age-appropriate way, in terms of understanding one’s own and others’ boundaries in play, in negotiations about space, toys, books, resources and so on.
From the beginning, teachers talk explicitly about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. When talking about differences in families we ensure this is done sensitively. We teach children that families of many forms provide a nurturing environment for children. (Families can include for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents and carers amongst other structures.)
It is our belief and teaching in school that focuses around developing children's growing ability to form strong and positive relationships with others and it depends on the deliberate cultivation of character traits and positive personal attributes, (sometimes referred to as ‘virtues’) in the individual. At John T. Rice we encourage the development and practice of resilience and other attributes, this includes character traits such as helping pupils to believe they can achieve, persevere with tasks, work towards long-term rewards and continue despite setbacks. Alongside understanding the importance of self-respect and self-worth, pupils develop personal attributes including honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice.
A child leaving John T Rice will have explicit tools to help them regulate and navigate personal, social and emotional challenges that they may face throughout their life. They will understand how to live physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. They will be able to form and sustain a wide range of positive relationships. They will contribute and function successfully in the wider world and have aspirations for themselves and those around them. We aim to develop the role of pupil voice through our school council and charity work as a school.