We believe that effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is essential if our pupils are to make responsible and well-informed decisions about how they conduct their lives. It contributes to promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional, mental and physical development, preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Relationship and Sex Education is part of the early stages of lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about respect, love and care and the benefits of making and maintaining a stable relationship. We recognise that to be human is to experience sexual feelings, seek connections with other people and develop relationships which may be physical or non-physical. We will ensure that the approach we take is age-related in order to meet the needs of our children and young people as they grow and mature.
We believe that RSE will be achieved by providing an environment and atmosphere where pupils feel safe, relaxed, not intimidated, but focussed; and where they have confidence and trust in the knowledge, ability and skills of their teachers.
RSE lessons will be taught during the second part of the summer term from EYFS up to Year 6 and will follow the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) schemes of work ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’. This programme reflects the recent developments in RSE and the Science National Curriculum and has been quality assured by the PSHE Association. This scheme is intended as starting point for teaching and a catalyst for further discussion. Teachers will plan content to meet the specific needs of their cohort.
The links between science and RSE have been established and the science curriculum will run alongside the RSE topics. The PSHE elements are continuously taught throughout the year and are delivered through assemblies, circle time and Philosophy for Children sessions.
Please find below an overview of each unit of work we teach: