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Our Vision for Relationships Education

At St. Peter’s Church of England Junior School, we are committed to providing a fully rounded education for all our children. Underpinned by our vision of ‘Life in all its Fullness’ for all members of our community, we strive to instil a love of learning and enable all children to learn for life.  To support children’s flourishing in all areas of life, we are committed to delivering a fully rounded relationships education that supports the growth of the whole child, bringing together citizenship with personal well-being, whilst promoting our church school values, alongside the British Values. 


We believe it is vital to empower our children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values that will enable them to recognise their own worth and develop respect for others within our school and wider community.

Relationships Education for Life in all Fullness

We aim to grow and develop the whole child, fully preparing them for life in an ever-changing world.  Through our relationships education curriculum, we strive to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of every child - at school and in society, both now and all through their lives.


We believe that a relationships education enhances ‘life in all its fullness’ by:

  • Teaching children about healthy and respectful relationships
  • Developing children’s understanding of how to be healthy and how to keep safe
  • Supporting children to develop positive habits, contributing to good mental health and well-being
  • Building children’s sense of belonging, self-worth and self-belief
  • Equipping children to make sound decisions in the face of adversity
  • Encouraging children to ask for help and access support - knowing how, when and where 
  • Enabling children to develop resilience 
  • Growing children as fully rounded people, supporting them to fulfil a happy and successful adult life

 

Character Education

Supported by our vision of ‘Life in all its Fullness’, we believe in delivering a character education.  In partnership with our school and local community, we have identified eight character values, rooted in research undertaken by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.  


Encompassing moral, civic, performance and intellectual virtues, our chosen character values are:

  • Compassion
  • Community
  • Courage
  • Curiosity
  • Gratitude
  • Motivation
  • Perseverance
  • Reflection


Work is underway to develop a ‘Life in all Fullness’ character journal – as way of recognising and celebrating children’s personal development and wider achievements, both in school and within our wider community.
 

Aims of Relationships Education

As set out in the Department for Education statutory guidance “the focus in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults”.


By the end of primary school, pupils should be taught about:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

 

For a link to the statutory guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education, please click on the link below. 

Skills and Values

We strive to embed our values in all areas of school life, promoting them as a guide for flourishing in life and learning.

 

As active and responsible citizens we;
 

Take RESPONSIBILITY for being safe, recognising and reporting feelings of being unsafe.

 

Understand the importance of showing  RESPECT to all people, even when they are very different from us, or make different choices or have different preferences or beliefs.

 

Value the TRUTH of who we are, showing self-respect and making wise choices to keep ourselves happy and healthy.

 

CELEBRATE the unique difference of other people, knowing that love and care are at the heart of happy families, including our school family and families all around the world.

 

Work in COLLABORATION to live positive lives, showing kindness and making good decisions together about our health and wellbeing.

 

SERVE our community by welcoming others and modelling the characteristics of happy friendships, knowing who to trust.

 

Learning Journey

At St. Peter’s, we use a programme of study called ‘Jigsaw’ to deliver our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.  Jigsaw is a mindful approach, which is progressive and follows a spiral scheme of learning.  We ensure that prior learning is revisited and extended, adding new concepts, knowledge and skills, year on year as appropriate.


The curriculum is taught within the context of family life, taking care to ensure that no stigma is attached to any child or their family background.  All children have a right to an education that enables them to flourish.  We therefore create a safe environment where all children are respected and free to ask questions and express their beliefs and opinions without fear of discrimination. 


Please click on the document below for further information about our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.
 

Jigsaw

For more information about Jigsaw, including an information guide for parents and carers, please click on the links below. 

To read our Relationships and Sex Education Policy, please click on the link below.

Subject Lead: Mrs Martin

Subject Governor: Libby Etherington

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