As a school we want to ensure that we provide our Pupils with all the skills necessary for them to develop as healthy, confident individuals. As part of our core curriculum, Relationships and sexuality Education (or commonly known as RSE) plays a part in securing this ambition for all our learners. This page has been setup to provide you with information about what RSE looks like at our school, and to help you better understand the purpose of this element of the Curriculum within the Primary setting.
What is RSE?
All children should have the right to access information that keeps them safe from harm. This includes learning about healthy and safe relationships (family, friends, society etc.), and keeping safe online and offline; raising concerns with adults where this is appropriate. RSE is designed to safeguard all our children, supporting them to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours that will assist in protecting them throughout their lives. The skills and knowledge that is taught to pupils is always developmentally appropriate to the age of the child being taught.
It should be clear that RSE does not simply mean 'Sex Education' as can often be misunderstood, rather developing an understanding of what healthy relationships are and using this understanding to stay safe. Learning in RSE will also include recognising, understanding and speaking about all forms of discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect and to seek support and advice on a range of issues from trusted sources.
Further information about the purpose of RSE in Schools can be found in the document below.
RSE at School
As a Parent/Carer, we want you to know the exact skills and topics that will be taught across the school, in line with the Code for RSE. The documents below outline the various phases of the code and provide you with an overview of what skills and knowledge will be taught to Pupils, in specific year groups, so tat you can see how lessons will develop Pupils knowledge and skills at an age appropriate level. The documents below link to the phases that are applicable to us in Primary which are Phase 1 (3-7) and Phase 2 (7-11).
As a school we utilise a scheme called 'Jigsaw' which we use for teaching RSE across the school. We have included 'Jigsaw Content and Skills' documents below so you can have a a better understanding of what it is that your child will be taught within their year group during the year. We will inform you via letter at the start of a half term, to let you know what theme we are working on in class.
The RSE Code
Within our School, we follow the guidance set out in the 'RSE Code' which provides detail for schools and settings on what must be taught in school and when. We have included a link to the code below, in order to give Parents/Carers clarity about what their children will learn and when. We have also shared above, a document that outlines the skills Pupils will be taught at different points during the school, so you have a clear understanding of what your child will learn and when.
School Policy for RSE
Our school policy for RSE is below. This should provide you with further information regarding our apporaches to the delivery of RSE within the school.