Sex and Relationships Education
Relationships and sex education might be a difficult subject to handle, but it’s an essential area of learning for your child. The main aim of Relationships, Health and Sex Education is to keep children safe.
‘Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline… 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’
DfE Guidance on Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education 2019
At Silkmore, we are always respectful of the beliefs, faiths and contexts of the children’s families and welcome parental and carer engagement on the topic of RSHE.
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What can you expect your child to learn and when?
From September 2020 all state primary schools in England are required to teach children about relationships and health education. By the end of their time at primary school, children should be taught about the following content (DfE 2019):
Families and people who care for me *
Internet safety and harms
Physical health and fitness
Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Health and prevention
Basic First Aid
Changing adolescent body (Puberty) **
*In relationships education we use the terms ‘two mums’ or ‘two dads’ to describe same gender families, we don’t introduce the terms gay, lesbian etc.
** Puberty has been introduced from year 3 as National Data has revealed that more children are entering puberty from the age of 7 and 8.
As these are statutory requirements set out by the DfE about what children must learn by the end of primary school, parents DO NOT have the right to withdraw children from these lessons.
Sex education is taught at the school’s discretion, at the primary age, sex education is:
Conception and birth
However, under the National Curriculum, which is statutory, sex education falls within the science curriculum. The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction.
In Key Stage 1, children learn to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. They learn to notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.
In Key Stage 2, 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.
If sex education is taught within PSHE lessons (which it is at Silkmore), parents DO have the right to withdraw children from the lessons. If you do wish to withdraw your child, please inform Mrs Connelly in writing.
What approach does Silkmore use?
What we do
Relationships, Health, Wellbeing, and Drugs Education
Coram Life Education is the leading provider of relationships, health, wellbeing, and drugs education to almost half a million children across the UK, delivered under the strapline ‘Helping Children Make Healthy Choices’. Trained Educators use evidence-based, interactive, creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination amongst children in 1 in 10 English and Scottish primary schools (2,041 schools).
Our memorable life skills sessions are currently delivered as 'Life Base' in school or as 'SCARF Live Online' sessions via Zoom. Coram Life Education takes a three strand approach addressing children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, and programmes are aligned with the National Curriculum (Citizenship, PSHE Education), covering all Key Stages. Coram Life Education helps schools meet their statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Coram Life Education’s programmes are also aligned with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. Recognising the role of the community and home life in influencing children’s choices, we design our programme with schools and deliver special sessions and assemblies for parents and carers to amplify our effectiveness.
What children experience
Children’s experience of Coram Life Education’s sessions is fun, engaging and memorable. Children meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’), and friends, have discussions and watch short films about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect children’s health and education outcomes. Coram Life Education’s interventions include challenging social norms – misperceptions of peers’ engagement with risky behaviour – to engender more positive behaviours.
Alongside our mobile classroom, LifeSpace or in-classroom visit, online teacher resources called SCARF (which represents our values for children of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) provide a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially.
Meeting all DfE requirements for statutory Relationships and Health Education, and mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, SCARF is a framework consisting of lesson plans, online planning, assessment and Ofsted tools to give busy teachers skills and confidence to embed a comprehensive RSHE, PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the primary years. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing.
Please click the link to see what you can expect your child to be taught and when.