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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

PSHE including RSE

PSHE is one of the key subjects at Southfields Primary School as we believe in giving our pupils the best chance at becoming successful citizens of the future contributing to their local, national and worldwide communities. We aim to immerse the children in the key principles of PSHE across the curriculum as well as teaching this as a discrete subject. We endeavour to provide our pupils with the right tools to function in a way that allows them to have a rewarding and enjoyable future. We aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need to be able to make and maintain healthy relationships, preserve their well-being and make the right choices for themselves. As a school, we aspire to do this in a practical, enjoyable and non-judgemental environment where our pupils feel safe and valued.

The PSHE Association (2019) specifies that PSHE is taught to enable pupils to achieve their potential by eliminating any potential barriers that could affect their ability to learn such as; unhealthy relationships and anxiety. The National Curriculum (2014) affirms this by stating that PSHE should equip children with an understanding of risk and the knowledge and skills needed to make safe, informed decisions.

The Programme of Study is divided into five core themes: Family and Relationships, Health and well-being, Safety and the changing body, Citizenship, Economic well-being and Identity (Year 6 only).

Programme of Study

We use the Kapow Primary scheme of work for PSHE and RSE. Lessons are categorised into the five key areas below, which are returned to in each year group, making pupils’ prior and future learning clear and shows how what is taught fits into their wider learning journey. Year 6 also has a further key area: Identity

Teaching and Learning

Kapow Primary’s RSE and PSHE scheme of work has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the following key principles in mind:

✓ Cyclical: Pupils revisit the five key areas throughout KS1 and KS2.

✓ Increasing depth: Each time a key area is revisited, it is covered with greater depth and increasing maturity.

✓ Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build on previous foundations, rather than starting again.

What is Relationships and Sex Education?

RSE (formerly SRE) is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.

RSE involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values.

RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity or a particular sexual orientation.

Intended outcomes

Once taught the full scheme, children will have met the objectives set out within the Relationships and Health Education statutory guidance and can utilise their learning within their daily lives, from dealing with friendship issues to resilience to making healthy choices and knowing where and how to get help when needed.

Parents and carers currently have the right to withdraw their children only from all or part of those elements of RSE which are not included in the statutory national curriculum Programmes of Study for Science. They are able to withdraw their children from those elements which fall within the non-statutory guidance for PSHE. They will be made aware of the forthcoming statutory changes to Relationships Education and Health Education and the effect this will have on their rights to withdraw. The school will make alternative arrangements for children whose parents or carers withdraw them, which will include supporting parents in finding ways to deliver the content at home.

Any parent or carer who wishes to withdraw their child from non-statutory elements of RSE should, in the first instance, contact the Head Teacher to discuss this further. There will be a  discussion, to explain clearly which areas of RSE are currently statutory and which are non-statutory. We will enable parents wishing to withdraw their children from the non-statutory elements of RSE to develop their understanding of the Learning Objectives and approaches taken.


The PSHE Policy is available here.

The RSE Policy is available here


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