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Our intent

Through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum, we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. In providing children with an understanding of healthy and respectful relationships and appropriate boundaries, we consider effective Relationship, Sex and Health education (RSHE) to be a fundamental part of our approach to supporting pupils to grow into confident, caring, responsible and respectful young citizens.


At Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy, RSHE is taught within the PSHE curriculum using PSHE Matters. In addition, some aspects of the RSHE programme will be covered through:

· Science curriculum in the context of statutory sex education

· Computing in the context of online relationships and mental well-being

 · Assemblies

· Stories

· PE in the context of health and hygiene


PSHE is lifelong learning about personal, physical, moral and emotional development. It should teach children and young people to develop and form positive values, attitudes, personal and social skills, and increase their knowledge and understanding of how to make informed decisions and life choices.


 As a result of delivering Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE) at our school children will:

· Have a consistent standard RSHE across the school

· Develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy

· Demonstrate responsible behaviour

· Have a positive culture of communication around issues of relationships

 · Pupils will know the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies (statutory science curriculum)

 · Understand a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place

· Be prepare for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene (statutory science curriculum for Key Stage two (year 5/6))

· Gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to make positive and healthy choices concerning relationships as they grow up and deal with risks.


Children will leave Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy as healthy, confident, well-rounded citizens.