Relationship, Sex & Health Education
Healthy body and mind
At William Gilbert, our pupil’s personal, social, health and economic education is an important and necessary part of their learning journey through school.
PSHE and Relationships Education at this school enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally, socially and emotionally, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in today’s society. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
At William Gilbert School we aim to provide the children with the knowledge, skills and understanding of mental health; what is means, how it can be recognised and tools to empower them with on how to cope with mental health and related issues. It is important each individual child has the confidence to recognise when mental health may affect their potential to succeed to the best of their ability; seeking help from school staff, including the two mental health first aiders we have at William Gilbert.Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. We want to ensure each pupil is aware that Mental Health is important at every stage of life; from childhood, adolescence to adulthood. We will equip pupils with skills and knowledge to take into the wider world beyond William Gilbert Endowed Primary School.
By using the 3Dimensions programme , we follow a sequentially planned curriculum through which we aim to deliver activities which engage and challenge pupil’s knowledge understanding. We want pupils to know how important healthy friendships are and, how by sharing experiences, we can support each other during difficult times. Our pupils will be aware that friendships have ups and downs but will know that exclusion and violence is never right; friendships are based on trust and loyalty. Pupils will be taught how to manage conflict and seek help from others, knowing that this is not a weakness.
Having respect for others is a very important value we share at William Gilbert School. Through modelled behaviour, the pupils are shown that respect for others and their own self respect cuts through all aspects of their lives and all areas of the curriculum. We encourage children to have an opinion and to know that they can share this in a safe and loving environment. We proactively encourage children to talk about and share experiences of bullying behaviour and include any opportunities to discuss and learn about cyber bullying.
At William Gilbert School we aim to help all pupil to stay safe in a range of contexts. As well as learning about online safety through interactive and creative ways e.g. drama companies, we aim to help all children to understand that they are the masters of themselves and their bodies. Within an appropriate structure, the pupils are helped to understand inappropriate and harmful relationships.
At William Gilbert School we promote the pupils’ SMSC through :
- developing their ability to reflect on their own lives.
- having a knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s values and feelings.
- developing a sense of fascination in learning about themselves.
- understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
- investigating views about ethical issues and appreciate the viewpoints of others.
- be willing to cooperate with others and resolve conflicts.
- demonstrating skills and attitudes which will help them to fully participate in their lives in modern Britain.
- appreciating the wide range of cultural influences that shape their heritage.
- recognising shared values across a range of communities.
- understanding how democracy has shaped, and continues to impact on, Britain.
- exploring and celebrate diversity (religious, ethnic and socio-economic) in the local, national and global communities.
Our Relationship and Health Education curriculum encompasses the aims of the National Curriculum. Follow the link below for further information.
When children leave William Gilbert, we expect them to have achieved and gained an understanding of all of the agreed national expectations. Key learning and objectives in Relationships Education are organised using the following headings:
- Families and people who care for me.
- Caring friendships.
- Respectful relationships.
- Online relationships.
- Being safe.
Children at William Gilbert also benefit from our Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum (PSHE) and our planned programme of Collective Worship.
RSE Curriculum and Supporting Resources
Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents (DfE guide for parents)
Church of England Key Principles and Charter