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Andrea Taylor, nursery teacher and PSHE coordinator at Newland House School in Twickenham, explains the benefits…
We’d been researching resources to help us refresh our PSHE curriculum and were very pleased to discover the Health and Relationships programme from Discovery Education. It’s simple to use, accessible and has everything that we need to deliver RHE in one convenient place.
Not only does the programme do the planning for us, but it also demonstrates what the learning objectives are. So far, we’ve found the resources incredibly comprehensive.
We initially launched the programme last September for pupils in Y1-6. We found that some of the resources were even suitable for teaching our Early Years pupils.
We are now in a position to teach the new RHE curriculum in full, despite the impact of the pandemic.
One of the unique things about the Health and Relationships programme is that it uses children to present topics within the videos. This has helped pupils relate to the content by reinforcing messages and creating a deeper impact than if the information had been delivered by an adult.
Health and Relationships also provides targeted explanatory content which has proved helpful when teaching topics, for example, around different types of families. The programme has been invaluable in teaching our pupils how to understand and accept these differences.
Recently, one of our classes had a friendship issue. Their teacher was very quickly able to use one of the Health and Relationships videos to manage the issue in a sensitive and understanding way.
The film helped the children work through their concerns and when the rest of the class watched the video it prompted enough conversation to last the rest of the lesson.
As the RHE curriculum is new, some teachers are understandably a little apprehensive about the best way to deliver the content. Using Health and Relationships has given our teachers greater confidence as it sets out the curriculum very clearly and ensures that the curriculum is age appropriate.
The programme has also provided very useful materials to help us communicate with parents.
It’s very important, especially with a more sensitive subject such as RHE, to have transparency in our approach.
Health and Relationships makes it easy for teachers to ensure they are covering all aspects of the new RHE curriculum. It takes away much of the hard work of researching and planning and clearly sets out what pupils will achieve from each lesson.
The programme provides a complete package, but also offers flexibility to add on our own resources, so it becomes a continually evolving reference point for teachers.
To find out more visit discoveryeducation.co.uk/pshe.
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