Relationships, Health and Sex Education
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and Health Education
At Oaksey Primary School, we believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum for our pupils that also involves a comprehensive RHSE (relationships and sex education) and Health scheme of work. We have RHSE lessons from EYFS up to year 6 and follow the SCARF scheme of work. This programme reflects the recent developments in RSE and PHSE and has been quality assured by Wiltshire County Council.
The RHSE programme is delivered during the term, where appropriate or linked curriculum areas, (such as Science - Human Bodies) and we communicate with parents on the Class topic plans, on the school website, when the sessions will be taught.
We recognise that RSE is a highly sensitive subject but we firmly believe that effective RSE can make a
significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and
maintain positive relationships. It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed
decisions about their health and well-being.
The aims of RSE at Oaksey CE Primary School are to :
● Provide an inclusive learning environment which is safe and empowering for everyone involved,
based on the belief that bullying, prejudice and discrimination is unacceptable.
● Teach non-biased, accurate and factual information that is positively inclusive.
● Promote critical awareness of differing attitudes and views presented through society, the media and
peers to enable the nurturing of personal values based on respect.
● Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy.
● Promote safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships including friendships, families and online
● Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.
● Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe their emotions, bodies and relationships.
● Prepare pupils for the emotional and physical changes of puberty.
● Ensure pupils are informed of their rights, including the legal framework and how to access
confidential help to keep themselves and others safe.
● Take account and be respectful of the religious background of our pupils
● Teach RSE in a context of Christian teaching and spiritual development, with sexual relationships
being understood in the context of loving, faithful relationships.
At Oaksey C of E Primary School, we believe that every child is unique and special and valued by God. Our
Christian values underpin our ethos and every member of our school community is encouraged to respect
and value each other. We believe that, to be effective, RSE should be taught within a broader PSHE
education programme. RSE enhances, and is enhanced by, learning related to topics including anti-bulling;
keeping safe on and off line; keeping physically and mentally healthy, learning about drugs, alcohol and
tobacco; and the development of skills and attributes such as communication skills, managing peer
pressure, risk management and decision making.
Through a planned programme of learning, we aim to provide our pupils with the knowledge, understanding
and skills that they need in order to manage their lives both now and in the future. As part of a whole school
approach, we aim to develop the attributes our pupils need to thrive as individuals, as part of a family and as
a confident member of the wider community.
Our school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural,
multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. We also understand the vital role we have in
ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to illegal or intimidating influences. At
our school we embrace the British Values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect
and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
We want our children to learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so
that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Personal, Social and Health Education
At Oaksey CE Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We aim to deliver a PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all. We want it to enable the children to understand how they are developing both personally and socially, while tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Woven through the curriculum is our shared vision that '.....we shine brighter together' and emphasis is placed on our school values of Service, Justice, Truthfulness, Forgiveness, Thankfulness, Generosity Trust, Respect, Courage, Cooperation, Friendship and Perseverance
We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We aim to prepare children to be global citizens now and in their future roles within a global community. Our PSHE curriculum incorporates the teaching of RSE so that pupils are able to explore the complexity of the relationships they have now and how to stay safe within those relationships, thus preparing them to understand and develop healthy relationships in their future lives.
We follow the SCARF scheme of work for our PHSE curriculum content.