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Earlham Primary School




At Earlham Primary School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Relationships, Sex Education (RSE), supports our children to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life in an increasingly complex world, which presents children with many opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, whilst growing up.

We aim to deliver a rich and balanced curriculum that helps children to achieve their academic potential and to prepare them with the essential knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

Our core and British Values are embedded within our school culture and underpin everything we do, ultimately, our aim is to prepare our children for a better future that celebrates and respects diversity and differences whilst understanding the needs of our individual pupils. We believe it is imperative for children to be given the tools to be successful. Through carefully planned and resourced lessons, which support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, we are providing them with the essentials of safeguarding issues and emotional well-being, in an environment that is respectful, safe and supportive.

By the time children reach Year 6, our PSHE and RSE lessons will have encouraged children to become self-reflective, develop their voice and strengthen their identity and self-esteem, by giving them the opportunity and confidence to contribute to society in order to become an active and good citizen.


Overview and implementation


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) education is a school subject through which pupils at Earlham, develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. At Earlham, we aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of some core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing). PSHE learning is essential to personal development, behaviour, and welfare and safeguarding and underpins all the subjects we teach at Earlham.

Earlham use a consistent approach of teaching PSHE and RSE. This is through a whole-school approach and schemes of learning from Twinkl and The Christopher Winter Project (RSE and Drugs + Alcohol Education). Both schemes of work are progressive, and aim to prepare children for life, helping them to really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the ever-changing world they live in. This is taught through three key projects each year: Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing. Through this, we place strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience, nurturing mental and physical health and mindfulness. This allows children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our children also engage in enhancing experiences such as World Mental Health Day, Anti-Bullying Week, E-safety day, which provide further PSHE knowledge and teaching.

At Earlham, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships Sex Education (RSE) is at the heart of our school ethos and runs throughout all that we do. All year groups are taught regularly timetabled PSHE / RSE lessons with adults whom the pupils are familiar with, trust and adhere to the school’s policy and Teacher’s standards including British Values.

Staff follow both the  Twinkl and The Christopher Winter Project schemes for learning which are whole school schemes, to plan their lessons and support the structure to what the curriculum expects. Units are taught at specific times so that they coincide with calendar events, which are relevant to PSHE and RSE.

The Curriculum is split into 6 themes and is taught so topics are re-visited in more depth to match the maturity of the pupils, as they move up the year groups:

1. Relationships: TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) and VIPs (Very Important Persons)

2. Health and Wellbeing: Think Positive and Safety First

3. Living in the Wider World: Diverse Britain and One World

4. Relationships: Be Yourself and Digital Wellbeing

5. Health and Wellbeing: It’s My Body and Money Matters

6. Living in the Wider World: Aiming High and Growing up

Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual class and pupil and to deal with issues as they arise. Lessons are delivered in a way that ensures that our children feel safe and encourages participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills. Pupil voice is collected and used to ensure lessons meet the needs of our pupils. Assemblies, themed days, visits and visitors are used to support and enrich the subjects being taught. We work in partnership with parents informing them about what their children are learning. We give parents voices to be involved and aware of what we are teaching children.

Earlham’s lessons:

-promote safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships. Discussion points around real-life issues appropriate to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, consent, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and safe relationships online.

- give a positive view of human sexuality, with honest and medically accurate information, so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health in ways that are appropriate to their age and maturity.

-gives pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences (such as from peers, media, faith and culture) that may shape their attitudes to relationships and sex, and nurtures respect for different views.

-includes learning about how to get help and treatment from varies sources which range from, the school nurse and other  health and advice services, including reliable  and trusted information online.

-fosters gender equality and LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) equality and challenges all forms of discrimination.

-meet the needs of all pupils with their diverse experiences - including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Whole School Map for PSHE and RSE

Please click on the link below to access the whole school map for our PSHE and RSE Curriculum