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PSHE and RSE Curriculum

PSHE curriculum overview

Why we should learn about PSHE and how it will help us in later life?

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.


What can children expect?

  • Interesting visits into school from groups such as NSPCC, Whitechapel Centre, Dental Health, banks etc
  • Visits from local MPs
  • Drama workshops based around Parliamentary loan box


What can parents expect?

Lessons are based around five main areas:

  • Healthy and Safe
  • Emotional Health
  • Anti-bullying           
  • Citizenship/British Values
  • Values – inc. diversity and equal opportunities



RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education and it is part of the PSHE curriculum. 


All aspects of RSE are taught in a sensitive, age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate way and delivered with reference to the law.


Aims of RSE at Blackmoor Park Junior School

Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.

Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene

Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy

Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships

Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies


How we teach the RSE curriculum at Blackmoor Park Junior School

Our BPJS PSHE and RSE curriculum ensures a broad and balanced approach that builds on expectations of the National Curriculum (2014). 


Year Three




Identify different types of touch that people like and do not like

Understand personal space

Talk about ways of dealing with unwanted touch

Understand that all families are different and have different family members

Identify who to go to for help and support

How we grow; lifecycle of humans


Year Four

 Judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable and comfortable

Different types of relationships including friends and families, civil partnerships and marriages

Describe the main stages of the human lifecycle

Describe the body changes that happen when a child grows up

Strong feelings and mood swings

Know that during puberty the body changes from a child into a young adult

Understand why the body changes during puberty

Know about the physical and emotional changes that happen in puberty

Know that each person experiences puberty differently


Year Five

 Explain the main physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty.

Ask questions about puberty with confidence.

Understand how puberty affects the body and the emotions.

Describe how to manage physical and emotional changes.

Explain how to stay clean during puberty

Describe how emotions change during puberty

Know how to get help and support during puberty

Explain how babies are made (human reproduction)

Identify some basic facts about pregnancy


Year Six

Understand that all families are different and have different family members

Talk about puberty and reproduction with confidence

Explain how babies are made

Understand that they may experience conflicting emotions and how to overcome them

Discuss different types of adult relationships with confidence

Describe the decisions that have to be made before having a baby

Know some basic facts about pregnancy and conception

Understand the terms forced marriages and FGM and know that these are illegal in the UK

Know the nine protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation).

As part of our learning of British Values, children learn to be aware of choices and respect different types of relationships e.g. LGBT+





Differentiation is key to delivering an effective and inclusive curriculum.   All pupils' starting points are considered and activities and work is matched to ensure pupils reach their full potential, whilst supporting the child's learning.  Adult support, a range of activities, equipment and resources can enable children of all abilities to access learning. 


Our school will ensure that:


  • all children have entitlement to a broad and balanced, enriching curriculum
  • all children enjoy an active involvement in RSE
  • all children have opportunities to experience a broad and balanced range of RSE activities
  • all children have opportunities to learn about RSE from different times and cultures
  • all children will be given equal access to the experience of RSE regardless of their gender, race, disability, medical or other needs
  • teachers use a variety of approaches that are matched to the activity and the ability of the children