Duffield Meadows Primary School

Relationships & Sex Education 

Rationale and Ethos

The aim of Relationships and Sex Education at Duffield Meadows is to equip children and young people with the information, skills and values they need to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. We believe that 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. We recognise the central importance of healthy respectful relationships focussing on family and friendships (in all contexts, including online) in supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, academic achievement and future success. Our programme also aims to support pupils in their development of personal attributes such as kindness, integrity, generosity, honesty and respect and to support our wider work of building resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.

Our integrated PSHE and RSE curriculum aims to:

  • Develop communication and skills to be effective in friendships and relationships
  • Ensure children are able to name parts of the body and describe how their body works; learn how to care for their body and value health, fitness and
  • hygiene.
  • Respect their own and other peoples' bodies and personal space
  • Recognise appropriate and inappropriate touching, be able to keep themselves safe and to know when and how to ask for help and support.
  • Recognise that difference is OK and celebrate it and so recognise and challenge pressure to conform to gender stereotypes.
  • Be confident with their body image and prepared for puberty.

The Department for Education (DfE) recommends that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. It should ensure that boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and drawing on the knowledge of the human life cycle - how a baby is conceived and born.

We focus on attitudes, values and skills, as well as knowledge and understanding. This will include developing self-esteem, the skills to manage relationships and most importantly keep themselves safe in all their relationships.

Relationships & Sex Education Policy

Planning Overview

Below is our two year cycle for teaching our PSHE/RSE units.