At Bredbury St Mark’s, we believe that promoting the health and wellbeing of our pupils is an important part of their overall education. Relationships and Sex Education is the statutory element of our PSHE curriculum which all schools in England are required to teach. We will be teaching lessons about RSE in a number of ways such as part of our PSHE lessons, during Circle Time and also as discrete lessons. Lesson content will depend on the age of the child and may contain topics such as naming body parts; families; online safety; puberty; babies and birth; relationships and communication skills; pregnancy.
During these lessons, children will be able to ask questions, which will be answered factually in an age-appropriate manner. Each child’s privacy will be respected, and no one will be asked to reveal personal information.
RSE is a statutory subject and although parents can withdraw their child from the sex education element, we want to assure parents that our curriculum is taught in an age-appropriate manner and provides children with the time to ask questions in a safe environment and ultimately receive factual information, rather than hearing content second hand or via online platforms. In the 21st century children are exposed to so many of the incorrect messages about their bodies, relationships and expectations. The prevalence of sexual images in social and other media make it important that all young people have a place to discuss pressures, check facts, dispel myths and ultimately feel safe.
RSE is a carefully planned curriculum and is there to ensure our children can navigate the world around them safely. An un-informed child is often a child left vulnerable and we want to empower our pupils here at Bredbury St Mark’s.
Parents and carers are the most important educators of children and young people in personal issues and many welcome the support that school can offer to supplement their home teaching.
You may find that your child starts asking questions about the topic at home, or you might want to take the opportunity to talk to your child about issues before the work is covered in school. If you have any queries about the content of the programme or resources used, please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Wagstaff at school.
All materials used are available for you to browse through should you so wish. Please contact us if you wish to view and discuss this area of the curriculum further.