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The core purpose of the curriculum is to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community, enabling confident, emotionally intelligent and reflective citizens.

At Cippenham School our curriculum vision includes the aim of all pupils becoming ‘A Healthy Citizen’. This brings together, physical, emotional and spiritual education, which is designed to equip children with the understanding, knowledge and skills they need in the real world to safely make new meaningful relationships and understand the threats. The children are encouraged to reflect on their learning, build upon ideas and beliefs and challenge or are challenged in regards to their views.

Our Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Health Education (RHE) ensures that our children develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

The teaching of PSHE and RHE do not stand alone but link with RE, Physical Education and Mental Health.

The key aims of Relationship and Health Education (RHE) are to:

• Provide a holistic and age appropriate curriculum in which sensitive discussions can take place

• Prepare children for puberty, and give them an understanding of physical and emotional development and the importance of health and hygiene

• Support children in developing feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy

• Create a positive culture around issues of equality, sexuality and relationships

• Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

• Prepare children for living in a diverse and ever evolving world, providing them with the correct knowledge, terminology and ensuring that misconceptions are addressed so that children know more, remember more and understand more about RHE

• Ensure that the curriculum design is underpinned by our school values and fundamental British Values

• Provide an inclusive, calm and safe environment in which sensitive discussions can take place so that pupils have confidence to ask questions

• Teach children about what a positive self-image is and how having a positive view of ourselves enhances our mental health and wellbeing


We choose to deliver PSHE and RHE using ‘Jigsaw’, the mindful approach to PSHE.

• Relationship and Health Education is delivered through the Science, RE and PSHE Curriculum. A planned and co-ordinated approach to each subject area provides an appropriate framework for the objectives of RHE to take place

• RHE is taught by class teachers and sessions will be taught using range of teaching methods including philosophical questioning, debate, use of ICT, discussions, looking at case studies, drama and role-play

• Relationship and Health Education is usually delivered in mixed gender groups, however, there may be occasions where single gender groups are more appropriate and relevant. On these occasions’ parents will be communicated with.

• RHE will be taught across the school year in PSHE lessons and within elements of the Science curriculum.

• Curriculum coverage has been updated and reviewed in-line with the new RHE statutory Guidance.


Through the PSHE Curriculum design, we have ensured robust coverage, progression and planning for all units. Each series of lessons has a clear structure and an end of unit assessment, which is in line with the National Curriculum objectives. The assessments and/or evaluations of the units will inform the planning process, children’s next steps and support us in refining and developing this Curriculum further.

Please see below the Cippenham School RHE policy and associated documents.