Lawley Primary School follows a scheme from KAPOW and some of the Shropshire ‘Respect Yourself’ scheme of work. This is a whole school approach and means RSE lessons will be taught from Year 1 up to Year 6 at an age-appropriate level.
There will be a sequence of at least 3 lessons, delivered by the class teacher, that allow children to work in mixed or single-gendered groups. There will be certain strategies and techniques used by the teacher to approach and deal with sensitive issues. This includes assessing children’s knowledge prior to the lesson, creating a safe and comfortable learning environment, having a question box for questions that are unable to be answered during the lesson and using characters to explore delicate subjects.
It is essential that we teach about this important subject throughout your child’s school life, mainly for a safe-guarding point of view. The learning and discussion that will take place in these lessons will not only give your child the facts, rather than hearsay off the playground, but also allow them to ask questions that may have been troubling them. They will discover more about themselves and help them keep safe in school and in the outside world by understanding what is appropriate and what isn’t.
As part of the new DfE framework, most of the RSE is now statutory, as it falls under the biology section of Science or the relationship and health section of RHE (Relationships and Health Education). As a parent you will be notified prior to the RSE lessons being taught by the class teacher who will give you an overview of what is being taught. You will then have the opportunity to make an appointment with the class teacher to discuss the lessons further and view the resources, if you so wish. If there are lessons being taught where you can withdraw, (year 6 only), you will also be given this opportunity prior to the teaching.