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Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE) and Relationship Sex Education (RSE)

Subject Leader Statement

"PSHE provides a safe environment for children to explore their beliefs and emotions, helping them to develop a strong sense of identity and purpose. We want to enable children to think about the wider world and tackle societal challenges, to build an engaged and respectful community."

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Curriculum

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up gives children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships both on and off line and helps them to take responsibility for their own well-being.

From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, has been made statutory, and forms part of the National Curriculum. This guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the 21st Century. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. The statutory guidance can be found here.

In order to teach this statutory areas of the curriculum Stewart Fleming Primary School uses The Christopher Winter Project (CWP) Curriculum.  In advance of the curriculum being taught in the summer term, we invite all parents to meet with teachers to understand the content and context of how this is being taught.

Please find the RSE policy on the policy section of our page by clicking here.

The CWP Curriculum Map



RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. PSHE is covered through the CWP resources and through the Brainwaves and Heath and Wellbeing topics within the IPC curriculum.  These topics support the children to learn about how the brain works and metacognition and cover aspects of physical well and mental wellbeing and health eating.

Our PSHE Curriculum gives children a range of opportunities for personal development and reflection through the use of the topics covered in the IPC Health and Well-Being lessons, the Christopher Winter Project and our Soft Start mornings and themed assemblies.

The IPC, Health and Well-Being topics allow the children to get a further and deeper insight into areas that link with the subjects that they are learning in IPC. We learn about how our brains work and how we can learn and function best, considering how our environments, emotions and people impact us. It allows our children to fully understand that PSHE is all around us.

The Christopher Winter Project (CWP) increases our focus on families, relationships, safeguarding/keeping children safe and Respect and Equality and FGM. This resource encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends. The focus begins with families and friendships in Reception, moving on to body parts and development in Year 1. Importantly, they will also learn to recognise unsafe and risky situations and to ask for help.

The curriculum continues to develop children’s knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty and about reproduction. In Year 6 we have lessons on internet safety and communication in relationships.

During our Soft Start mornings and assemblies, we focus on topical themes to shed light on PSHE issues to develop fully-rounded children who are healthy, sociable and emotionally literate. Topics have included Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Month and Recycle Awareness. Each half term we will be adding more events to our school calendar to continue raising awareness of key events.

PSHE within the school day

We have a PSHE themed assembly each week which is linked to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural calendar, our Personal Goals and wider British Values.  In addition to this we have a weekly in-class assembly slot in KS2.

Each day starts with a Soft Start Morning where there are activities available for the children to complete which are linked to the assembly.  This is also a time for the children to settle into the school day, have an informal chat with their class teacher and get into the zone to start learning.

Example Slide from Soft Start Morning

Whole School Events

Stewart Fleming came together to celebrate Red Nose Day. We wore red and KS2 took part in a Comedy Carnival to spread laughter all in aid of a great cause. Red Nose Day is about coming together to end child poverty so thank you to all of our families who made a donation to this fantastic charity, and thank you to all of our children for sharing your hilarious jokes!

To celebrate International Women's Day this year, our children learnt all about inspirational women throughout History. As the theme for this year's IWD was #EmbraceEquality we discussed what equality means and how we can promote equality around our school and community. We encouraged each other to take a stand and pose in our equality embrace. 

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