RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Southey Green Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2021 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:
The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2021, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work which is a mindful approach to PSHE with a strong focus on emotional and mental health and well-being. It is a programme of learning through which children and young people get the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) is compulsory in all primary schools and is broken into 2 parts ‘Relationships Education’ and ‘Health Education’. This curriculum is taught age-appropriately and sensitively.
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring Friendships
- Respectful Relationships
- Online Relationships
- Being Safe
- Mental Wellbeing
- Internet Safety and Harms
- Physical Health and Fitness
- Healthy Eating
- Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
- Health and Prevention
- Basic First Aid
- Changing Adolescent Body
As part of the Science National Curriculum we teach the following statutory objectives that build understanding about growth and reproduction:
Key Stage 1 (age 5-7 years)
Year 1 pupils should be taught to: Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Year 2 pupils should be taught to: Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene
Key Stage 2 (age 7-11years)
Year 5 pupils should be taught to: Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals Describe the changes as humans develop to old age
Year 6 pupils should be taught to: Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents