RSHE Curriculum Information
As part of your child’s education at Rosslyn Park we are committed to the development and promotion of personal well-being and health by giving children the knowledge, attributes, skills and understanding to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.
Our Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) programme will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at Rosslyn Park Primary School, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
We work in partnership with the Transform Trust and academy schools and as such follow the following charter:
From September 2020, Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) became a statutory subject. It forms part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) curriculum and will be taught to all year groups. This covers the following:
• 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 (upper key stage 2).
• Health Education: teaching the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing.
The DfE statutory guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
At Rosslyn Park we believe in providing our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the above. Lessons are taught based on a programme of study from the PSHE Association using a Question based model.
As a primary school, we are not required to provide sex education apart from the elements included in the primary science curriculum. However, as part of their RSHE curriculum, pupils in upper key stage 2 will receive sex education lessons using the Christopher Winter Project Resources as we believe this forms part of our broad and balanced curriculum.
Please note that whereas Sex Education will not be compulsory (as this can be opted out of where it is taught – see below), we legally have to teach Relationships Education, which aims to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds.
The Sex Education themes that will be covered in Upper Key Stage 2 are as follows:
• Puberty and reproduction
• Conception and pregnancy
You will receive more information from the relevant year group’s teachers regarding your right to withdraw. More information can also be found in this parent guide from the Department for Education.
There is no right to withdraw from Relationships/Health Education as the Government guidance states.
How does this relate to our other curriculum areas?
Our RSHE curriculum involves children learning about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It does not promote early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation. Some parts of sex education are compulsory – these are part of the National Curriculum for Science and cannot be withdrawn from.
The Department for Education’s guidance for schools on relationships education and health education outlines these expectations for all pupils to achieve by the time they leave in Year 6. It has been divided into 5 key areas, many of which are covered through our use of the PSHE Association program and the CWP resources.