Relationships, Sex and Health Education

At Appledore School the Department for Education (DfE) Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education curriculum is predominantly taught as part of our Values curriculum. Some aspects are either introduced, revised or explored in greater depth in other subjects such as science, literacy and computing (eg eSafety)

Our Healthy (body) Value includes sex education and other aspects relating to growing up and keeping safe. This programme of learning is made up of lessons carefully sequenced and introduced to ensure a progression of learning that meets the DfE statutory requirements that includes topics such as:

  • basic first aid
  • the importance of sleep how to seek help
  • identifying and managing risk and making choices
  • how bodies change and their function (including reproduction)
  • relationship and sex education (including consent)
  • medicine and drugs
  • alcohol, cigarettes and vaping

Most of the lessons are from SCARF, a UK charity provider of PSHE and wellbeing education in primary schools, and we supplement them with NSPCC and St John Ambulance lesson plans and resources. The exact content and delivery of a lesson may vary slightly due to the needs of a class.

The schedule of what is delivered and when is available below, as are copies of lesson plans for lessons relating to changing bodies and sex education, so that you can understand what is introduced and when. The content is determined by the DfE requirements and timing of the introduction of the content is determined by following DfE, SCARF, medical and other guidance.  The timing of the introduction of content is to ensure children are prepared and in possession of important information before they need it, rather than after the event. For example, because menstruation can begin at 8 years old children are taught relevant content in Year 3. The FAQ document below covers aspects of timing and other questions you may have.

Links to documents

Parents and guardians of children can only withdraw children from a lesson that includes non-statutory sex education and the only lesson in years 1-6 that pupils can be can removed from is Making Babies in year 6.  If a parent wants to withdraw their child from relationships education in Reception or Nursery they can and information on the content of Early Years relationships education as party of our Healthy Value is detailed here.

If you have any questions that can’t be answered by the FAQs document or you desire to remove your child from Early Years (nursery and reception) relationships education or Year 6 Making Babies lesson please email

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