RELATIONSHIPS, SEX & HEALTH EDUCATION (RSHE)
Sex education might be a difficult subject to handle, but it is an essential area of learning for your child.
"Primary school children need information about sex and relationships in a timely fashion, which means, for example, that they should learn about puberty before they experience it."
Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum.
So what can you expect your child to learn and when?
Sex education and the National Curriculum
Under the National Curriculum, the basics of sex education fall within the science curriculum.
The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction.
In Year 2, children learn that animals, including humans, have offspring that grow into adults. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.
In Year 5, children are taught about the life cycles of humans and animals, including reproduction. They also learn about the changes that happen in humans from birth to old age. This includes learning what happens in puberty.
What We Cover in Each Year Group
All class teachers will teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and feel confident to teach this subject.
There is a whole-school approach from Reception to Year 6. All RSE lessons will be developmentally appropriate, taking into account the levels of maturity of individual children as well as the whole class. Teachers will answer children’s direct questions in an open and factual way and staff will not enter into discussions about personal issues and lifestyles.
From 2020, all state primary schools in England will be required to teach children about relationships and health education.