To be most effective RSE needs to start early so that children learn to talk about feelings and relationships, and are prepared for puberty before it happens to them. Studies consistently show that the majority of parents want their children to receive appropriate relationships and sex education (RSE) at school.
The Department of Health set out its ambition for all children and young people to receive high quality RSE in its Framework for Sexual Health Improvement 2013. Following this, when the Department for Education published the new National Curriculum, they emphasised the statutory requirement to provide a balanced and broad wider school curriculum, and the need for RSE through all key stages.
The Department for Education encourages schools to develop their own RSE lesson content with support from expert sources and from their Local Authority.
All year groups, from Y3 through to Y6 take part in lesson around relationships including types or relationships, health relationships and keeping safe in relationships including on-line.
Our lessons around puberty start in year 4 and progress in detail and information as they children progress through into year 6.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a relationship and sex education package might contain, especially when aimed at junior school children. There is the worry that children will lose their innocence if we give them certain information too soon. The evidence suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth. The focus is on providing children with a safe space to ask questions and offers fun and responsible support which enables children to express and deal with their feelings in a positive manner. The RSE curriculum links strongly to the work we already do with the students in school about relationships, growing-up and keeping safe.
Please take a look at the content below as set out by the DFE (Department fro Education) and if you would like more information on the content covered please contact Miss Davies.