Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) Curriculum Statement

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) provides children and young people with the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships,  with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.

It supports them in conflict resolution, making effective transitions and positive learning.  It gives children and young people the skills to reflect on and analyse their own values and equips them to face difficult and sometimes conflicting attitudes they may encounter in the future.


At Heene Primary School we encourage children to take part in a range of activities and experiences both within the school and the wider community.  We have a School Council which allows the children to share their opinions and take responsibility for the running of the school.  We enable the children to understand and respect diversity, differences and common humanity so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Relationships education also creates an opportunity to enable pupils to be taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing. 

Opportunities for learning in RSHE can occur discreetly or through cross-curricular links.  It encourages joy in achievement, being healthy, staying safe, emotional health and making positive contributions that lead to good relationships.

The aspects of Sex Education we cover at Heene align closely to everything we’re required to teach about relationships and health, including puberty.  We also ensure that the national curriculum for science is fully covered in related areas, such as the main external body parts, the human body as it grows from birth to old age (including puberty) and reproduction in some plants and animals.