Life Skills (RHE)
Subject Lead: Christine Mead
From Summer 2021, it has been compulsory for all primary age children to be taught Relationships and Health Education. At Colby School we call this our Life Skills Curriculum.
We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern life. The Relationships and Health Education curriculum was last updated 20 years ago and the world is a very different place since then. Relationships and Health Education is designed to equip children with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.
At Colby School, we welcomed the introduction of compulsory Relationships and Health Education. We regularly teach these subjects and think they are crucial to our school ethos of “Everyone Learns, Everyone Leads and Everyone Matters”. We had a major focus on Relationships and Health Education when we welcomed children back to school after COVID lock-downs “Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds”. You gave us fantastic feedback about these lessons and we are confident that this approach helped children make a happy and confident return to school.
To summarise, Life Skills lessons put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Children are taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age appropriate way, we cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect. By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on: families and people who care for me, caring friendships, respectful relationships, online relationships and being safe.
Life Skills lessons aim to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and well-being, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on: mental wellbeing, internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco, health and prevention, basic first aid and the changing adolescent body.