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At St Martin's CE Primary School, we promote a values-based ethos which nurtures social, emotional and life-skills; promoting self-belief, empathy and resilience. Relationships and Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes; RSHE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.

We follow the ‘Kapow’ scheme of work to provide consistency throughout our school, support staff with subject knowledge and to ensure all content is covered at an age appropriate level.  Our Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions about sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment.

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

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

Health Education

Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Sex Education and PSHE

We believe that pupils should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. We are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the components of Sex Education. 

  • To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
  • To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
  • To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and provide effective support for young people. 

There are two lessons, taught in Year 6, which parents can opt out of their child attending. We invite parents to a workshop prior to these lessons being delivered and offer you the opportunity to view the content and make an informed decision about whether your child takes part. 

Science and Sex Education

Under the National Curriculum,  the basics of Sex Education fall within the science curriculum. The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction. Please see the DfE Science Programme of Study below which includes specific content for each year group. 

In Key Stage 1, pupils will:

Be introduced to the process of reproduction and growth in animals. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.

Key Stage 2, pupils will:

Be taught about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and sexual reproduction in animals. Pupils should draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty. 

Should you have any queries or concerns about the RSHE curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the school office