The greatest commandments Jesus taught were to love God and to love your neighbour. Within this is the foundation of the Christian view of relationships. At Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy, our relationships education seeks to live out this command and explore how we can ‘love our neighbour’ through what we say and do.
Our school focusses on the importance of relationships and the qualities and character needed to sustain the best relationships that honour each other whether within a friendship, family relationship or romantic relationship.
Each child is a unique being, a child of God, loved and accepted. As such, our school seeks to enable children to develop and grow through an inclusive programme of teaching that is based on Christian principles, which both respects the human body and seeks to ensure health and well-being.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). To support the consistent and progressive approach of RSE across EYFS, KS1 and KS2, we use planning and resources from Heartsmart. All planning and resources ensure that there is a full coverage of the expected content including consistent use of vocabulary and explanations. Teachers adapt lesson content in response to pupils’ needs and following delivered sessions.
Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life, taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers and other structures), along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).
For more information, please read our full RSE policy by following the link below.