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Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE)

RSHE Progession Document


The aim of RSHE is to help children build healthy friendships and positive relationships in an age-appropriate way.  The overall objectives of the RSE curriculum are concerned about raising awareness of attitudes and values, developing personal and social skills and promoting knowledge and understanding.  RSHE covers more than biological facts and information.  It endeavours to help children develop self-esteem, self-responsibility as well as the acquisition of understanding and attitudes which prepare children to develop caring, stable, healthy relationships. 


Appreciation of the value of self-respect, dignity, marriage, civil partnership and parental duty should be encouraged in all pupils together with the sensitivity to the needs of others, loyalty and acceptance of responsibility.  RSHE will look at all aspects of diversity and equality in an inclusive and non-judgemental way ensuring opportunities to challenge all forms of discrimination including unconscious bias.

At Redlands, we wholeheartedly support the philosophy of RSHE and believe it is best taught as part of PSHE and citizenship education.  The programme seeks to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils as well as preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life in a digital age.  RSHE is taught within the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum. In addition, aspects of the RSHE programme will be covered through:

·     Science curriculum

·     Computing

·     Circle times

·     Assemblies

·     Stories

·     PE in the context of health and hygiene

Effective RSHE teaches children and young people to develop and form positive values, attitudes, personal and social skills, and this increases their knowledge and understanding of how to make informed decisions and life choices.

The aims of Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE) at our school are to:

  • Provide a consistent standard of relations, sex and health education across the school
  • Promote responsible behaviour
  • Create a positive culture of communication around issues of relationships
  • Help pupils to develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene
  • Give pupils an understanding of reproduction and sexual development
  • To foster the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to make positive and healthy choices concerning relationships as they grow up and deal with risk

These aims complement those of the science curriculum in the foundation stage, KS1 and KS2.


At Redlands Primary and Nursery School, we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to PSHE and RSHE which must be delivered to every primary-aged pupil. Primary schools also have the option to decide whether pupils are taught Sex Education. State-funded primary schools are also required to teach Health Education. PSHE including Relationships Education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health Education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

We understand our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships and health curriculum for all our pupils.

Implementation - How is the curriculum delivered?

1decision is an online resource which we use throughout school to support the delivery of our RSHE curriculum. The comprehensive resources are mapped to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, and the 5-8 and 8-11 primary programmes have been fully kitemarked by the PSHE Association.

EYFS – In nursery and reception, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals. Reception also use the 1st Decision materials when appropriate.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE including RSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively covers the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.

PSHE including RSHE is taught as discrete units and lessons to ensure coverage. Pupils are taught by using the 1stDecision Programme, which is a progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


Impact - What difference is the curriculum making? How do you know whether pupils know what you think they know?

Here at Redlands, we aim to deliver lessons that provide contexts for children to embed new knowledge, so that this knowledge can then be used confidently in real life situations. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible.

We value PSHE including RSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.

RSHE: Whole School Overview


















(Each topic lasts 3 weeks)