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When starting in KS1, children will begin to have lessons based around Relationships, Sex and Health Education. Every half term there will be a different theme, where children will be encouraged to discuss topics, ask questions and share their knowledge. As of September 2020, Relationship and Health Education became mandatory for all primary schools to teach. We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain.  As of September 2020, all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education. These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health, and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young children looks very different from the way it did twenty years ago, when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.

Relationships education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age appropriate way Summer Lane Primary School will cover how to treat one another with kindness, consideration and respect. Listed below are some of the aspects we will cover at Summer Lane Primary:

Families and people who care for me.
Caring friendships and respectful relationships.
Online relationships.
Being safe.
Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. Listed below are some of the aspects that we cover at Summer Lane Primary:
Mental wellbeing.
Internet safety and harms.
Physical health and fitness/ healthy eating.
Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco / Health and prevention .
Basic first aid.
Changing adolescent body.

Sex education is not compulsory in KS1 in primary schools, but at Summer Lane Primary, we believe that it is important for children to begin to have an understanding of their bodies and how their body and emotions may change and develop as they grow older.  At Summer Lane Primary we start the building blocks for sex education learning in KS1 and then in KS2, children are taught about aspects in more depth and detail.

During our Relationships, Sex and Health Education lessons at Summer Lane, we always set ground rules before the start of every lesson, to make sure that teachers create a safe environment for everyone and reduce embarrassment and anxiety.
No personal questions are asked during the sessions.
Children are aware that they need to respect everyone’s ideas or questions.
Children are allowed to pass or remain silent in a discussion if they wish to.
Only the correct names of body parts are to be used.
Children know that they can ask any question and not feel silly about asking it.
Your Rights as a Parent
The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under the new curriculum. Our teaching as a school will reinforce and compliment the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.

At Summer Lane, we do have a policy on the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education. If you would like to view the policy, please ask to see Mr Smith. You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. Relationships and Health Education is mandatory in primary schools. You can choose to withdraw your child from the Sex Education parts of our Relationships, Sex and Health Education programme as this is not compulsory until secondary school. However the science curriculum in all primary schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. If you have any issues regarding the information you have received, please speak to Mr Smith or Mrs McCord (Subject Coordinator).