At Chater Junior School our aim is ‘Making Lives Better’, therefore RSHE (Relationship, Social, Health Education) is the centre to our curriculum and a fundamental part of our pupil’s school experience. We believe pupils with better health and well-being achieve academically. Our four core values, integrity, collaboration, resilience, and passion are reflected throughout our RSHE curriculum and we believe that successful RSHE will help our pupils perform to their best ability and prepare them for secondary school. They will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes to stay healthy, safe, thrive, now and in the future.
Our whole school approach is to teach pupils to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Pupils reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. RSHE is embodied in our school life and our values are modelled by the school community. Pupils are encouraged to become self-aware about their behaviour and when dealing with others. As a result, pupils will have an improved understanding of themselves leading to their personal growth.
At Chater JM School, we ensure that our RSHE planning follows a clear progression of skills and ensures that there is full coverage of, ‘Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education’. Where possible, we aim to make links to other subjects to help children make further connections and developing their learning. We follow the Jigsaw Programme to teach RSHE to our children. Jigsaw brings together RSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and we are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time; the learning deepens and broadens every year.
Before teaching each unit teachers will:
- Assess children’s prior learning and skills to ensure they are building on previous skills.
- Use the progression of key skills to build on learning.
During each unit teachers will:
- Begin the lesson with a ‘Connect Us’ Activity.
- Followed by a Calm Me Activity, allowing pupils to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
- At the end of the lesson, each pupil will take reflect on what they have learnt and sometimes fill in the reflection puzzle piece of their Jigsaw Journal.
At the end of each unit pupils will:
- Complete the assessment task.
- Reflect on the skills they have learnt.
After each unit teachers will:
- Assess children’s ability and skills acquired in the unit.
Throughout the academic year further activities take place to reinforce the teaching of RSHE (see table below):
Every two years.
The NSPCC’s Speak out, Stay safe programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. Years 5 & 6.
Black History Month Promote knowledge of Black History and experience & to share information on the positive contributions that black people have made to world history.
Celebrate Our Culture Week to celebrate our diverse school community.
Children’s Mental Health Week & Safer Internet Day.
YC Hertfordshire Rocket into the Future Workshops, to encourage the children to think about their future and help prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
Year 6 Positive Minds Mental Health Workshops partnership with Watford Community Sports and Education Trust. A ten-week programme of one-hour workshops combining classroom and practical based sessions to engage with students about the topic of mental health.
It’s Your Move Workshops for Year 6 to support transition to Secondary School.
What will this look like?
Through pupil voice we will see:
- - A good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships.
- - Pupils have respect for themselves and others.
Through learning walks we will see:
- - Teachers creating a safe environment for pupils to express themselves.
- - Pupils have a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
- - Pupils confidently discussing their views and listening to others with respect.
In the pupil’s learning we will see:
- - An appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
- - An understanding of the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
- - A belief that they can make their lives and other’s better by following our four core values: integrity, compassion, resilience and collaboration.