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Abbey Gates Primary School

Learning Together & Making a Difference



RSHE Curriculum Offer





Our RSHE curriculum offer is designed to support children’s emotional needs, develop their social skills and help them empathise with children around them, who may have different experiences. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. We want all children to grow up healthy,

happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain.


Our Aim High, Be Kind ethos is supported by our mindful approach to RSHE as each lesson will progress through key qualities and skills that children of Abbey Gates need to succeed. Our 5Cs (Care, Compassion, Courtesy, Cooperation and Confidence) are key themes that underpin all lessons. Our vision is to equip our pupils with key skills, knowledge and confidence to understand themselves and the world around them. Throughout the year, our RSHE ‘Talking Points’ programme that as a school we are following fulfils all the requirements for the statutory Relationships and Health Education curriculum 2019. Furthermore, it is our intent to provide our pupils with a rich and broad understanding of themselves and others around them.




Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

RSHE underpins our entire curriculum and is targeted through enquiry questions for each big question. In addition, children also take part in discrete RSHE lessons using the Talking Points resources. Talking Points is a scheme of work that covers the DfE Guidance for their new Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing and Relationships Education for Primary Schools. The programme uses children’s picture books to start age appropriate discussions with children about the topics needed to be covered. Children are encouraged to take part in discussions and activities which include other groups of pupils, grown-ups at home and parts of the community. Talking Points also aims to encourage a love of reading and to increase vocabulary understanding.



RSHE is also taught using a cross-curricular approach through other linked subjects such as computing (e.g. e-safety), science (e.g. keeping healthy) and PE (e.g. looking after our physical and mental wellbeing).


Sex Education (SRE)

Sex and Relationships and Education (SRE) is an integral part of our RSHE provision for children. Government guidance recommends that children are prepared to deal with the transition to adulthood in an age appropriate way within the moral and values framework of the school. The SRE we provide also helps to safeguard our pupils and educates about consent.


At Abbey Gates, children from Y2-6 take part in SRE lessons, with lessons in KS2 delivered by a trained facilitator. Coverage includes:

  • Year 2 - External body parts (including naming parts of male and female bodies), My body (keeping clean and hygiene), Life cycles (Different ages/Growing up/Looking after babies, Relationships (Different families) Gender stereotypes and celebrating differences.
  • Year 3 – Differences and similarities between themselves and others, naming body parts (including words penis, testicles, vulva and vagina), families, good/bad touches and who can help.
  • Year 4 – Introduction to puberty changes.
  • Year 5 – Dealing with puberty changes, families of all kinds, consent, reproduction within the context of loving relationships, healthy relationships, internet safety.
  • Year 6 – Re-cap on puberty changes, sex, reproduction and birth, consent, abuse in relationships, internet safety.


The sessions are designed to equip children with the knowledge and skills to enable them to keep safe and deal effectively with the transition to adulthood. Children may ask questions and these will be answered in an honest and factual way appropriate to the age of the children involved.

RSHE lessons are complemented with one-to-one, small group and whole-class support from our pastoral care lead (Lizzie Allsop).




The impact of our RSHE offer is measured through our monitoring cycle. This includes book looks, learning walks, pupil voice, planning scrutiny and curriculum intent reviews. Alongside working with colleagues from our school, the subject leader liaises with other local schools to ensure our RSHE offer is effective, relevant and gives our children the best start. Teachers use pre-assessment and post-assessment activities for each Talking Point unit to see how they have developed socially and emotionally. The children understand how to keep themselves safe and healthy, different relationships and how their bodies will change. These will run throughout school meaning each year their understanding will deepen.

DfE Statutory Guidance from September 2020

Please find attached information on the DfE guidance for RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) and the statutory requirements from September 2020.

The RSHE policy can be found under 'policies'

Learning to be kind to ourselves, each other and the wider world.

To contact our RSHE lead, please complete the form below