Dear Parents and Carers,
In response to a few queries, as well as recent reports in the press, we wish to ensure that you are fully informed as to the teaching of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) at SHP.
Within PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), children learn about topics such as working together, dealing with frustration, families that fall out, death and grief, alcohol and its effects and aspirations. Our PSHE curriculum overview is always available on our website under ‘Parents’ then the ‘Curriculum Provision’ tab. Here you will also find details of our assembly programme for the current half term.
Only in Years 5 and 6 do we organise talks given by school nurses:
- Year 5 have a puberty session (due to take place on 2nd May) which covers the emotional and physical changes that happens to children’s bodies. All information is factual and the correct terminology is used. Year 5 parents are always sent a letter in advance of this session and have the option to withdraw their child.
- Year 6 have a healthy relationships session (due to take place on 18th June) which covers what a healthy and unhealthy relationship entails, the risks of using the internet and how to stay safe online. Year 6 parents are always sent a letter in advance of this session and have the option to withdraw their child.
In Years 5 and 6, we teach one session as part of the PSHE curriculum called ‘That’s so Gay’. This explores the theme of minority groups, about how we treat different people and the term ‘homophobic’ as a form of bullying. There is no sexualised content.
Please refer to the information on the school website if you would like more information about our curriculum.
As you will be aware Shireland Hall is part of The Elliot Foundation Multi Academy Trust and the Trust wide policy on Sex and Relationships Education can be found on the Trust website. This policy is due for review in September 2019 and in the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please contact Jem Shuttleworth – firstname.lastname@example.org