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Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at St Mary’s C E Primary School, Washington.

RSHE is the life-long learning about physical, moral and emotional development.  It is the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.

We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain.

At St Mary’s we follow Jigsaw; a teaching and learning programme, which contains all of the necessary statutory information as well as having a strong focus on emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

The overview below summarises the content in each of Jigsaw’s units of work, which each class follows half termly over a two year cycle.

RSHE 8(1)
RSHE 2(1)

Being Me in my World

This strand covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community.  It also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.

Celebrating Difference


Focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, are also an important aspect of this strand.

Dreams and Goals

Aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for their community and the world.

Healthy Me

This strand covers two main areas of health: Emotional/mental health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid). Most of the statutory content for Health Education is covered through this unit.


Relationships starts with building a respectful relationship with self and covers areas including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this strand is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking.  Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes.

Changing Me

Deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, puberty, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school and how to cope positively with such changes. Life cycles and human reproduction are taught in some year groups at the school’s discretion.

RSHE Guide

Here you will find a useful RSHE guide from the Department for Education: 

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