Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships Education is taught as part of our PSHE curriculum in accordance with the statutory requirements of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (2019). The overarching concepts of our PSHE Curriculum are taught across the whole school and cover Identity, Relationships, a Healthy Balanced Lifestyle, Risk and Safety, Diversity and Equality, Rights and Responsibilities, Change and Resilience, Power and Enterprise.

Sex Education is not taught as a separate subject but as part of our absolute commitment towards positive, caring and respectful relationships within families and friendships. We also teach the children how to keep themselves safe within their personal and online relationships. Our science curriculum includes science content in related areas, such as the human body from birth to old age, reproduction in plants and animals, life cycles of living things, evolution and inheritance,

We consider that it is important that we support children's ongoing emotional and physical development at the transition phase before moving onto secondary school. We ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings, drawing on the knowledge of the human life cycle to explain the physical and emotional changes that they may be experiencing.

In the event that a lesson is planned which would go beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum for Science and the statutory guidance for Relationships Education, parents will be informed in advance and have the right to withdraw their child from that lesson. Such lessons would only be planned for Years 5 and 6.

All members of staff will respond sensitively and appropriately to any relevant questions that the children may ask, with due regard given to the nature of the question and the age and maturity of the child. Careful consideration will be given to the wide and varied experience, backgrounds and cultures of the children in our care. Please see our Relationships and Sex Education Policy for further information.