Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. That is why, from September 2020, all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education (RSE). These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.
“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)
In May 2021, our PSHE and RSE Lead, invited parents of children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to a meeting to discuss the objectives and share some resources for their child's year group for the new RSE curriculum. All objectives from the 'Growing and Changing' unit for each year group will be taught on the same day during the Summer term. The key objectives are taught in a way that is tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils in each class at our school and we recognise that this work is vital to support children’s development and that it is most effective when we work in partnership with parents and carers.
When is this being taught in 2023?
During the Summer term, Year 4, 5 and 6 will all be taught their year group's unit of 'Growing and Changing'. A letter has been sent out to parents regarding when this will be taught.
If you require any more information on how we teach the RSE curriculum at East Ward, please speak to Mrs Neville.
Please click on the link below to open the documents which will give you more information:
Parents guide to the RSE curriculum
How our SCARF scheme covers the key objectives of the RSE curriculum
Here are some examples of the resources that are used for teaching the 'Growing and Changing' unit in an age-appropriate way:
Year 5 discussion cards on issues that children may face or hear as they grow.
Year 6 true or false statements to help children understand puberty and normalise their experiences.