Our PSHE curriculum aims to assist our children to prepare for adult life by supporting them through their physical, emotional and moral development. This is by helping them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships. This includes providing them with opportunities to reflect on a variety of issues, beliefs and viewpoints. PSHE and Relationships and Health Education (RHE) helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. Through the non-statutory theme Living in the Wider World, we aim to extend children’s aspirations for themselves and their families and prepare them for adult life.
We believe that the content of the Relationships Education curriculum is appropriate, important and takes into account the wishes of the community. Therefore, Woodnook Primary School will not be teaching sex education and have no intention of doing so in the future. It will therefore be referred to as RHE.
Unfortunately, due to Covid, we cannot invite you in to school at this time to discuss the policy or see the resources, but these will be available to you when circumstances change.
If you have any questions regarding the attached policy or yearly overviews, please don’t hesitate to contact school using the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions asked will be posted on here in the Frequently Asked Questions section with the corresponding school response.
Frequently Asked Questions and School’s Responses.
- One parent was concerned about the term ‘fertilisation’ and what would be taught to their child.
Woodnook responded that this would be taught in relation to plants, animals and humans. Children would be taught that fertilisation is where the male sperm and the female egg fuse together and pregnancy or seed formation occurs.
- A parent commented that there were statements in the Year Six overview which contradicted the PSHE Policy that Woodnook would not be teaching sex education.
The following statements have been removed from the Year Six overview and will not be taught at Woodnook.
- what sexual intercourse is, and how it can be one part of an intimate relationship between consenting adults
- that pregnancy can be prevented with contraception
- Another concern raised was that puberty / growing up talks would be taught to the class as a whole and that children wouldn’t feel comfortable asking questions or raising concerns.
It was always Woodnook’s intention to teach this work to boys and girls separately.
However, they will both get the same information about the adolescent changes to boys