Curriculum Overview and Policy

Download: RHSE – Curriculum Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: RSE – Progression of Skills Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]
Download: PHSE – Progression of Skills Overview 2021-2022 [PDF]

Download: Drug Education Policy 2021-2022 [PDF]

Download: RSHE Policy 2021-2022 [PDF]


RSHE – Intent

At St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, Relationships, Sex and Health Education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. The Statutory requirement for implementing RSHE has been delayed until the summer of 2021 due the Covid 19 Pandemic.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

RSHE is taught across all key stages in school. The teaching and learning in our school is enriched through visits, visitors, themed weeks and extra-curricular activities. One RSHE/PHSE lesson is delivered weekly.

We do not discriminate against pupils because of any protected characteristic, considering the spectrum of diversity and ensuring all children have equal opportunity to access and engage with the RSHE curriculum. For all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or children that have experienced adverse childhood traumas, a differentiated approach may be necessary to ensure learning outcomes are met – this will be discussed with parents/carers.

We want our children to be:

  • Happy
  • Ambitious
  • Confident
  • A good Citizen
  • Try new things
  • Resilient
  • Curious

Through the teaching of RSHE, we will strive for our children to:

Be Aspirational: Children are given the self-esteem and self-confidence to aspire to be whatever they want to be.

Enjoy a Healthy Lifestyle: Children are taught self-care techniques – the importance of rest, sleep, hobbies, spending time with family and friends, as well as the importance of eating healthy meals, having regular exercise and preparing for puberty, helping them achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Have Strong Communication: Children are taught how to recognise and talk about their emotions and feelings.

Develop a sense of Community: Children are taught to respect themselves and others now should enable them to be successful, happy adults, who will make a meaningful contribution to their community

RSHE will be taught in each year group throughout the school. The curriculum we deliver is age-appropriate and progressive, building the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills year on year. The progressive objectives taught in each year group support the outcomes outlined in the government RSHE guidance.


RSHE – Implementation

Children are taught weekly, at an age appropriate amount of time, e.g. EYFS, a 15 minute lesson / upper key stage 2, a 50 minute lesson.

The curriculum overview, which sets out the units to be covered by each year group, each half term.

Our curriculum is delivered through a combination of ‘Ten Ten: Life to the Full’ and ‘A Journey in Love’ both programmes recommended by the Liverpool Archdiocese, which aims to deliver the curriculum through a Catholic lens, encouraging children to treat others like Jesus would. It also helps pupils develop a deeper relationship with Jesus, which enables them to understand God’s plan and live life to the full. We also cover the additional aspects of the PHSE curriculum that are not included in Life to the Full, which prepare our children for the future. (See the Curriculum Overview for reference)

Through the teaching of RSHE we strive for our children to have a knowledge of the world; children learn through a variety of activities, rather than just working in books- for example watching age-appropriate video clips (and the discussions concerning these), circle time, discussions, acting out scenarios, role-play, sorting activities and games. The use of precise questioning in class ensures all children are involved in learning and discussion. Ground rules used at the beginning of each lesson, ensure children enjoy the lessons, feel safe in discussions and will not be made fun of by other members of the class. Differentiation is achieved through questioning, activities and levels of support.

Key vocabulary is pre-taught before each unit / session, to support children in their understanding. This maintains the fluidity of each lesson. Age appropriate key vocabulary is built upon each year, ensuring progression.

Assessment is used to ensure that we are providing excellent provision for every child. Children are assessed at the beginning and end of each unit to enable teachers to see how much each pupil has learned. Discussion, participation and written activities will be used for assessment purposes, which is recorded on half-termly unit markers.

Annually, parents are consulted on the content of the RHSE programme of work through an on-line parental consultation and are given the opportunity to respond. Further support and clarification will be given if required.