Why do we teach Relationship and Sex Health Education?
To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy.
Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts.
These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
- Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
What do we teach?
RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).
Content of learning in Relationship and Sex Education:
Our relationship education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
- Families and people who care for me including:
- understanding the development of personal attributes including honesty, generosity and trustworthiness
- Caring friendships including:
- treating others with kindness, consideration and respect
- understanding positive emotional and mental well-being including how friendships can support mental wellbeing
- Respectful relationships including:
- the characteristics of healthy relationships
- Online relationships including:
- understanding of online safety and appropriate behaviour online
- Being safe including:
- the importance of honesty, permission seeking and giving, personal privacy, personal space, respect and appropriate and inappropriate contact
- how to recognise and report abuse, including emotional, physical and sexual.
Our sex education will focus on:
- Preparing boys and girls for the changes that adolescence brings (Year 5)
- How a baby is conceived and born (Year 6) (Delivered by the RSHE subject lead)
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life, taking care to make sure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single-parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents and foster parents/carers, amongst other structures), along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example, looked-after children or young carers).
We will also be mindful of the law and legal requirements, taking care not to condone or encourage illegal political activity, such as violent action against people, criminal damage to property, hate crime, terrorism or the illegal use of drugs.
For further information, please see our Trust RSHE Policy
Please click the link below for the progression of knowledge for RSHE at Littleton Green.
RSHE Curriculum coverage 23
Right to Withdraw
Parents and carers cannot legally withdraw their child from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw from Sex Education apart from content that is taught within the Science National Curriculum.
At LGCS, the headteacher may accept this, having explained to the parent/carer the potential implications for their child. If the parent/carer still wishes to exercise their right to withdraw the school will provide suitable alternative learning activities at the time the lessons are taking place.
Teachers and the RSHE subject lead will inform parents/carers when sex education lessons will take place and remind them of their right to withdraw. Parents and carers must inform the school of their intention to withdraw their child.