Relationships, Sex and Health Education
As a part of your child’s educational experience at John Hunt 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, under-standing, 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 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The new guidance focuses on a number of important areas, including forming healthy relationships and keeping safe in in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, first-aid and changes adolescent body. To access this guidance, please see the folder below labelled DFE expectations.
Relationships, Sex and Health Education at John Hunt
Our Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum is currently in the draft stage.
This means that none of this content will be taught until the following things have taken place:
Please find the DRAFT RSHE Policy in the folder RSHE policy at the bottom of this page.
RSHE is part of our already well-taught PSHE curriculum, the learning outcomes for each year group can be seen below. The three main areas of RSHE are:
Relationships Education: building positive and healthy relationships with friends and family members, respect for others, online relationships, positive emotional and mental wellbeing and staying safe;
Sex Education: relationships and health, including puberty. The delivery of these lessons will be age appropriate for all year groups.
Health Education: teaching the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing.
We believe in providing our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes comprehensive RSHE learning. A number of lessons are taught from EYFS to Year 6 using the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) resource: ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools.’ This programme was designed to reflect the recent statutory guidance for delivery of RSHE in primary schools, alongside the Science National Curriculum, and has been quality assured by the PSHE Association. See below for the curriculum overview from CWP.
Along side this, our curriculum is supported by SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship programme). We will continue to deliver this through our weekly PSHE slot, some of the teaching will happen through Science, see the objectives below for what will be covered in Science. We will also use assemblies and theme weeks to deliver some of the elements.
Key Stage 1 (Year 2)
Pupils should be taught to:
• notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.
• that animals including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce.
Key Stage 2 (Year 5)
Pupils should be taught to:
• describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
• describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
• describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
• recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
Opting Out of RSHE
RSHE is a statutory part of the national curriculum and parents are unable to opt out of the relationships and health education aspects in any year group.
The sex education, which is only taught in year 6 does allow parents the opportunity to opt out. We would ask that you consider opting out very carefully. We will endeavour to inform you the week before any teaching of RSHE is going to occur so that you are fully aware.
Sex Education themes in Year 6:
There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education as the Government guidance states.
Assessment for PSHE/RSHE is undertaken through discussions with pupils, completion of activities, quizzes, pupil presentations and role play.
We will also be using class scrap books, where ideas are collated and referred to throughout the year. Individual teacher assessment is also used to inform further support or interventions. Teachers will use these assessments to determine if a child has successfully passed an objective.