Quernmore C.E (VC) Primary School

PHSE and Relationships Education

Healthy Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE)


The Intent of our HRSE Curriculum

At Quernmore Primary School we believe it is important to address relationships and sex education in this age group as it lays the foundations for supporting children and young people through their physical, mental and moral development. We are committed to helping keep our children safe and equipped with the correct information. Some things they learn from other sources may be incorrect, confusing and frightening. We believe this includes supporting our children to confidently and safely filter information and images on social media and to recognise on-line dangers particularly on-line relationships.

Our aim is:


  • To enable our pupils to make responsible, informed and healthy decisions about their lives, both now and in the future.
  • To teach our pupils to respect themselves and others so they can move confidently from childhood through to adolescence and into adulthood.
  • To provide a supportive learning environment in which pupils can develop their feelings of self-worth and confidence, especially in relationship to others.


Implementation of our HRSE Curriculum



Children learn about the concept of male and female and about young animals. In ongoing PSHE work, they develop skills to form friendships and think about relationships with others. A large part of this is asking for permission, giving consent and understanding this language. 


Key Stage 1

Statutory Science POS

Notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults.

Further Learning

Through work in science, children learn about the life cycles of some animals, understand the idea of growing from young to old and learn that all living things reproduce. They learn about the importance of personal hygiene to maintain good health. In RE and Citizenship, children reflect on family relationships, different family groups and friendship. They learn about rituals and traditions associated with birth, marriage and death and talk about the emotions involved. 

They begin to co-operate with others in work and play and begin to recognise the range of human emotions and how to deal with them.

They also learn about personal safety. 


Key Stage 2

Statutory Science POS:

  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. 
  • Describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. 


Further Learning:

In Science, children build upon their knowledge of life cycles and learn about the basic biology of human reproduction. In RE and Citizenship, they continue to develop an understanding of relationships within a family, between friends and the community and that there are different patterns of friendship. They will develop skills needed to form relationships and to respect other people’s emotions and feelings. They will consider how to make simple choices and exercise some basic techniques for resisting pressures. 

We aim to teach pupils about their changing bodies in a timely manner. It is important that they know and understand what will happen to their bodies so they are prepared and not worried.






Teaching of RSE

RSE will be taught alongside and part of the planned PSHE curriculum. It will be taught by Class Teachers and supported by the RSE Subject Leader. We also invite professionals from Coram Life Education to teach some units. Personal beliefs and attitudes will not influence the teaching of relationships and sex education and all those adults in school contributing to this education are expected to work within an agreed values framework (as set out by the Teaching Standards Part Two: Teachers must have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach).


Pupils will be taught in both mixed gender groups and single gender groups where appropriate. There will also be opportunities for both whole-class and small group teaching and learning. A confidential box will be provided for pupils to also ask questions anonymously.


The programme will be taught with a range of resources and methodologies including video, books, leaflets, discussions and question and answer sessions. 


Teachers will be supported in their Continual Professional Development by the SRE and PSHE Co-ordinator and the School Nurse. 


Curriculum Map Progression Document Relationships and Sex Eudcation Policy

Year 1 Knowlege Organisers Year 2 Knowledge Organisers Year 3 Knowledge Organisers Year 4 Knowledge Organisers Year 5 Knowledge Organisers Year 6 Knowledge Organisers