Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
As stated in the Department of Education document on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, this curriculum subject is designed to: ‘To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.’
Sex and relationship education (SRE) is only compulsory from year 7 onwards, as is laid out in the National Curriculum.
However, maintained primary schools are required to teach the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum.
For example, the Key Stage (KS)1 and KS2 programmes of study for science show that in KS1 it's a statutory requirement for pupils to be taught to "notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults".
The focus should be on helping pupils to recognise growth and “they should not be expected to understand how reproduction occurs.”
Woodchurch C.E. Primary School’s S.R.E. curriculum is currently under consultation. Once completed the school will be able share how topics will be covered with the children.