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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)


Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, 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.

This is why we have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.

Our guiding principles have been that all of the compulsory subject content must be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.

In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. This should be complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty. 

These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.

Taken from the Foreword by The Secretary of  State (Read the full article here.)

RHSE at St Peter's 

St Peter’s Curriculum Intent

Throughout the school, our work is based on values which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that our curriculum should:

  • Ensure that children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their best, both now and in the future.
  • Give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it, developing care for others and an understanding of social justice
  • Develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as individuals.

To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.

How we teach RHSE at St Peter's 

In order to effectively teach RHSE, which encompasses children's social, emotional,  spiritual, moral and physical development we have broken down RHSE into the following areas: 

  • Relationship & Sex Education
  • Physical Health & Mental Wellbeing 
  • Citizenship & British Values 

You can find out more about what we cover in each of these areas by using the links to your left.