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West Thornton Primary School

Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

The teaching of Relationships and Health Education at West Thornton Primary School, using an integrated and consistent approach, is an important aspect of pupils’ education. Relationships and Health Education will 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. Relationships and Health Education includes supporting in developing self- confidence in preparing for physical and emotional changes into adulthood. 

We believe that the teaching of Relationships and Health Education should be shared with parents and be mutually supportive and complementary.  It promotes an understanding of the range of family types and other people who contribute to providing children with the care, love and support they need to grow and develop.

Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children are increasingly experiencing challenges. The updated Relationships and Health Education content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.

All of this content will support the wider work we do in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to children being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is children's ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.

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

Please find below our policy, progression map and text list of books linked to Relationships and Health Education themes.

If parents would like to view curriculum resources for Relationships and Health Education, please contact the school office.