We are bound by the Governments National Curriculum in the teaching of subjects.
There are some subjects where we use purchased schemes of work. This enables consistency throughout all year groups. We currently use 1decision for Personal Social Health Economic, this includes the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education and Discovery for Religious Education.
Academic achievement is very important for every child’s life outcomes, but we believe that a whole child approach which ensures nurture, care and confidence work alongside the academic achievements.
At Larchfield we teach and learn through a creative and topic themed approach. For example all subjects are taught through the topic theme if possible. If not them they are taught as skills led and stand alone. Teaching and by learning this way gives the children a deeper understanding and can use the knowledge and skills in context.
We strongly believe that all subjects are important alongside equipping our children with the tools they need for life. This is through expectations in dining room, playground and understanding the importance of our school values outside of school too.
Relationship and Sex Education
From September 2020 all primary schools across the UK have to include Relationships Education within their curriculum. We use 1decision as a scheme to support all our PHSE. The scheme can be viewed using this link: https://www.1decision.co.uk/ . How this is used with the updated requirement for LGBTQ+.
Please see the information provided by 1decision which explains in more detail.
From September 2020 all primary schools across the UK will now have to include Relationships Education within their curriculum. To support schools in responding to parents and carers, here you will find information from the DofE regarding the changes and further information on how 1decision support schools in delivering these topics.
“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.
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.
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 should talk explicitly about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. Drawing attention to these in a range of contexts should enable pupils to form a strong early understanding of the features of relationships that are likely to lead to happiness and security. This will also help them to recognise any less positive relationships when they encounter them.
Teaching about families requires sensitive and well-judged teaching based on knowledge of pupils and their circumstances. 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.) “
Statutory guidance: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education - DofE
Why include LGBTQ+ in Relationships and Health Education?
We live in a truly diverse world and it is important that all different family types in the UK feel included and accepted. We cannot ignore that some people are LGBTQ+ and that everyone has the right to live their lives the way they choose. Our children may have questions or misunderstandings and it is important that we give them an opportunity to explore and gain the correct knowledge to thrive and to reduce inappropriate name calling and other behaviours.
The Equality Act requires all schools to eliminate discrimination and a part of the Equality ‘duty’ is to teach children about acceptance, empathy and understanding of others.
Schools also have a safeguarding duty towards children to protect them from bullying, including homophobic behaviour.
1decision was founded in 2011 and currently supports schools in 42 counties across the UK and many international schools.
The focus of the programme is to support the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education. PSHE includes relationship education.
Reassuringly, the 1decision materials have been fully kite-marked by the PSHE Association to ensure that they provide high quality and age appropriate content for children.
These resources have not been created to allow children to focus on different religions, race, family background or the like but to embrace difference and uniqueness in every way. The topics allow children to explore diversity. This has been intertwined into every lesson and subtly allow teachers to expand or increase content based on the children’s needs.
The core of the programme is based around a series of videos where students can choose the choices for the characters whilst learning the skills, vocabulary, and knowledge to support their own decision making now or in the future.
The topics focus on situations children may face where they may have to make decisions for themselves. We aim to prepare children with the knowledge they need to make positive choices and to also ask for help where necessary. Within the programme students will also learn about the laws that are in place to protect us, including discrimination laws.
By the end of Year 6 all students will have had the opportunity to explore and cover the topics set out within the statutory guidance, which aim to prepare them for secondary education.
Here is an example of some of the1decision topics that cover relationship education, which will feature in each year. Please note that schools may move topics in line with student’s needs.
Year 1: Relationships, Friendships, Feelings and emotions, Jealousy, Computer safety, Online bullying, Growing in our world
Year 2: Relationships, Bullying, Body Language, Being responsible, Helping someone in need, Feelings and emotions, Worry, Anger, Computer safety, Image sharing, Living in our world, Working in our world.
Year 3: Relationships, Appropriate touch, Feelings and emotions, Grief, Computer safety, Making friends online, Looking after our world
Year 4: Relationships, Appropriate touch, Feelings and emotions, Jealousy, Computer safety, Online bullying, Breaking down barriers
Year 5: Peer pressure, Puberty, Looking out for others, Feelings and emotions, Anger, Computer safety, Image sharing, Inclusion and acceptance
Year 6: Feelings and emotions, Worry, Computer safety, Making friends online, Relationships (including conception for those schools that choose to deliver this) British values
Note: Parents/carers, these are some of the topics which allow students to explore diversity and uniqueness, they focus on all types of people and do not have a single focus on LGBTQ+.
We feel that this is the best way to allow children to explore their own and views of others and to understand that all people have rights to live the way they choose as long as they are not hurting others.
You can view further information and samples of the videos here: https://www.1decision.co.uk/resources/parent-carer-zone
We employ a Sport’s Coach who teaches Physical Education across the whole school. Berkshire Maestros provide instrumental lessons for Y5. The school also puts great emphasis on children performing. Every child in the school, will at some stage during the year, presented to parents and carers in sharing of learning assemblies and will have played a part in an end of term production.
Nursery – Christmas singalong with parents and carers
Reception – Traditional Nativity
Years 1 and 2 – Christmas themed production led by Year 2
Years 3 and 4 – Easter production based on the Year 4 topic and led by year 4
Years 5 and 6 – End of year production led by Year 6