Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships and health.

RSE aims to equip children and young people with the information, skills and values which they will need to lead safe, fulfilling, enjoyable relationships and which will help them go on, beyond primary school, to take responsibility for their sexual health and wellbeing

In line with the DfE 2019 Guidance, the focus of RSE at Woodchester Endowed Church of England Primary School will be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive, healthy, respectful relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy and how totally interlinked physical and mental health are.

The key elements of Relationship Education have been divided into five sections:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Our curriculum is aligned with the Church of England’s “A Charter For Faith Sensitive And Inclusive Relationships Education, Relationships And Sex Education (RSE) And Health Education (RSHE)”

The main RSE programme will be taught within PSHE lessons. To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme but this may be adapted according to the needs of the child. We teach the RSE curriculum [see Appendix B] within the following units of work:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Differences
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships

We have substituted the Jigsaw unit Changing Me, with the GHLL (Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning) Primary RSE scheme of work, as the graduated, age-appropriate programme better suits the needs of the pupils. This consists of four key lessons in each year group, from Reception to Year 5, with five lessons in Year 6.

Some further elements of RSE are taught through other areas of the PSHE programme and some through science.

File icon: pdf Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Policy May 2020 [pdf 853KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf A Church of England Charter for RSE [pdf 283KB] Click to download