RHSE (Relationship, Health and Sex Education)
Boys and girls are encouraged to work and play together to develop a healthy awareness of one another. The Scheme of Work for Sex and Relationships education followed by the school is as follows.
Scheme of Work for Sex and Relationships - Curriculum Content
At Bedonwell Junior School Sex & Relationship Education is taught through the National Curriculum for Science and also using supplementary SRE plans and resources for the children in Years 5 and 6. The programme is tailored to the age and physical and emotional maturity of the children.
SRE is taught mainly in whole class groups in a variety of ways including through:
- The National Curriculum for Science
- Links with other subjects, particularly RE & English (speaking & listening)
- Circle time
- Providing opportunities for children to listen to visiting speakers to ask relevant questions (e.g. ChildLine, Junior Citizen, etc)
When additional SRE lessons are planned for Year 5 and 6, we always write to parents/guardians before we start teaching and invite them in to meet with them if they wish.
By the end of Key Stage 2
Pupils will be able to:
- express opinions, for example, about relationships and bullying;
- listen to and support others;
- respect other people’s viewpoints and beliefs;
- recognise their changing emotions with friends and family and be able to express their feelings positively;
- identify adults they can trust and who they can ask for help;
- be self-confident in a wide range of new situations, such as seeking new friends;
- form opinions that they can articulate to a variety of audiences;
- recognise their own worth and identify positive things about themselves;
- balance the stresses of life in order to promote both their own mental health and well-being and that of others;
- see things from other people’s viewpoints, for example their parents and their carers;
- discuss moral issues;
- listen and support their friends and manage friendship problems;
- recognise and challenge stereotypes, for example in relation to gender;
- recognise the pressure of unwanted physical contact, and know ways of resisting it.
Pupils will know and understand:
- that the life processes common to humans and other animals include growth and reproduction*;
- about the main stages of human life;
- about the physical changes that take place at puberty, why they happened and how to manage them;
- the many relationships in which they are involved;
- where individual families and groups can find help;
- about keeping themselves safe when involved in risky activities;
- that their actions have consequences and be able to anticipate the results of them;
- about different forms of bullying people and the feelings of both bullies and victims;
- why being different can provoke bullying and know why this is unacceptable;
- about, and accept, a wide range of different family arrangements, for example, second marriages, fostering, extended families and three or more generations living together.
Pupils will have considered:
- the diversity of lifestyles;
- others’ points of view, including their parents’ or carers’;
- why being different can provoke bullying and why this is unacceptable;
- when it is appropriate to take a risk and when to say no and seek help;
- the diversity of values and customs in the school and in the community;
- the need for trust and love in established relationships.
* Part of the National Curriculum for science.
The school nurse and health visitor make occasional visits to school and are available for discussion with parents. For further information please refer to the school’s Sex and Relationship Education Policy.
At the Bedonwell Federation, we aim to provide children with the necessary skills to be healthy, independent and confident members of society. We are committed to supporting our children in their health and well-being, both physically and mentally.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is taught as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) is taught in KS1 as a non-statutory subject in the National Curriculum.
Nursery & Reception (EYFS)
PSED is a prime area in the Early Years statutory framework and underpins all other areas of the curriculum. It involves teaching children how to keep themselves safe, to care for others, and to develop healthy relationships with other children and adults. PSED is taught discretely during activities such as circle time but children are also supported in PSED whilst they learn through play, and carry out child-initiated activities.
Personal development is about who we are, the things we do and how we look after ourselves.
Social development is about how we make friends, how we behave towards others and how we understand the rules of society.
Emotional development is about how we show empathy by learning to appreciate others’ feelings as well as recognising our own feelings.
Key Stages 1 & 2
Although non-statutory, PSHEE education is either taught discretely in lessons, circle times and assemblies or as part of other statutory subjects in the curriculum.
It is a subject that actively seeks to equip children with the knowledge, abilities and understanding to ensure children’s safety and well-being. It also aims to prepare them for their lives in general, and for future employment in modern Britain.
Children are encouraged to actively contribute to school life and the wider community through School Council, Pupil Voice meetings in our classrooms, supporting fundraising events and raising money for nominated charities.
Some of our work involves:
- Selling poppies for Remembrance Day
- Raising money for Children in Need
- Raising awareness of bullying during Anti-Bullying week
- Recognising our own rights and the rights of other children through ‘Rights Respecting Schools’.
The Department for Education (DfE) states: “schools should make provision for PSHE education”. At the Bedonwell Federation, we recognise both the importance and value of this subject when helping children to develop and grow as individuals.