Why do we teach RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)?

Our aim when teaching RSE is to provide young people with the information, skills and positive attitude they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It will enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship.

It will ensure children are taught what are acceptable and unacceptable behaviours in relationships.  In addition, pupils will understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.

What is taught in RSE?

Year

Relationships

Sex Education

1

Friendships

Pants – (body part names – keeping our private body parts safe)

Different families

Online bullying

 

2

Pants – (body part names – keeping our private body parts safe)

Different families

Image sharing

Online bullying

 

3

Pants – (body part names – keeping our private body parts safe)

Appropriate touch

Making friends online

Computer safety

 

4

Appropriate touch

Online bullying

Social media

Breaking down barriers

 

5

Appropriate touch

Image sharing

Different families

Inclusion and acceptance

Breaking down barriers

 

6

Peer pressure

Appropriate touch

Looking out for others

Image sharing

Conception and birth 

       

 

Sex Education

Primary schools are not required to teach sex education, however at Seven Stars, we feel it is essential for children to have the knowledge of conception to ensure they are taught the facts in a safe and well informed environment.  

Parents/carers do have the right to withdraw their child from sex education.  If parents/carers wish to consider this, it is good practice for the parents/carers to meet with the class teacher and/or head teacher to discuss this further and to view the resources used.  We often find that once parents/carers have had a chance to view the resources and discuss the content, they are happy for their children to take part. The Year 6 team will send a letter home with the children prior to sex education being taught.

Parents/carers can not withdraw their children from any other aspect of PSHE or relationships education as this is now statutory (including the changing adolescent body).

Consultation with Parents/Carers

Thank you to all the parents/carers who took part in the consultation during the Autumn Term.  This has helped us to inform our curriculum and ensure we are teaching the topics you feel will most benefit your children.

 

Documents

Below are some links to documents related to PSHE including RSE.

 

DfE – Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/907638/RSE_primary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf

 

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education-faqs

 

Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education