Relationship, Health and Sex Education
“Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their
lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also
challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe
and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.”
(DfE, 2019, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education)
What must primary schools teach in Relationships Education, Health Education and Sex Education?
From September 2020, Relationships and Health Education are compulsory in all primary schools in
England. For primary aged children this includes curriculum content under two headings (DfE 2019):
Families and people who care for me
Internet safety and harms
Physical health and fitness
Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Health and prevention
Basic first aid
Changing adolescent body
What does this mean for children at Haytor View?
Every week the children take part in a class PHSE session, they engage in age appropriate learning in
the following areas:
• Being me in my world: Understanding my place in the class, school and global community
• Celebrating Difference: Anti-bullying (inc. cyber and homophobic bullying) and diversity
• Dreams and Goals: Goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working
• Healthy Me: Drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy
• Relationship: Understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and
• Changing Me: Sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with
We used a number of resources in including an online resource called ‘Jigsaw’ to support the delivery of this part of the curriculum. The framework has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy and well
being, supporting the development of children’s resilience and emotional awareness.
What will my child actually be taught about puberty and human reproduction?
The ‘Changing Me’ unit is taught over a period of 6 weeks, usually in the second half of the summer term. Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage, building on the previous years’ learning. Please note: at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), the child will be encouraged to ask his/her parents
or carers at home. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.
The Changing Me unit is all about coping positively with change and includes:
- Ages 3-5 Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies.
- Ages 5-6 Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts.
- Ages 6-7 Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
- Ages 7-8 How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older. Introduction to puberty and menstruation.
- Ages 8-9 Internal and external reproductive body parts. Recap about puberty and menstruation. Conception explained in simple terms.
- Ages 9-10 Puberty for boys and girls in more detail including the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adolescent. Conception explained in simple biological terms.
- Ages 10-11 Puberty for boys and girls revisited. Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. Becoming a teenager.
If you have any questions…
We believe that successful teaching around SRE can only take place when parents and school work together. Especially, considering we both want children to grow up safe and happy in healthy relationships, with the ability to manage their emotions and speak up when they feel unsafe. Therefore, we are committed to working together with parents. Parents retain the right to request their child is removed from some or all of the elements of sex education which go beyond the national curriculum for science.
Maintained schools are required to teach about the main external body parts and changes to the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty. Should a parent decide that they do not wish their child to take part in lessons, we would ask that they first speak to their classroom teacher to discuss their concerns.
Talk to your child’s teacher, the Phase Leader or Co-Head Teacher as we’d be keen to talk through any questions you may have. We know that in working in partnership with parents and carers we can support children’s lifelong learning and safeguarding through the delivery of the Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education curriculum.