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Chesswood Junior School

Chesswood Junior School


The aim of PHSCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education) is to develop the well-being of the whole child and enable them to live responsibly in the 'here and now' and in adult life.

PHSCE is taught throughout the whole school. The programme is outlined in the school's long term plan. This is used alongside the PHSCE scheme of work and curriculum planning documentation to allow year groups to plan and allocate times accordingly either in fixed weekly lessons or a blocked period of time. Year groups cover different themes so as to meet the individual needs of the children at that particular age. In addition to these specific themes, PHSCE will also be reinforced in other areas of the curriculum and also implicitly through the ethos of the school.

Sex and Relationship Education

The aim of sex and relationship education (SRE) is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in PSHE, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.

At Chesswood SRE has three main elements:

  • attitudes and values
    • learning the importance of values and individual conscience and moral considerations;
    • learning the value of family life, marriage, and stable and loving relationships for the nurture of children;
    • learning the value of respect, love and care;
    • exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas; and
    • developing critical thinking as part of decision-making.
  • personal and social skills
    • learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively;
    • developing self-respect and empathy for others;
    • learning to make choices based on an understanding of difference and with an absence of prejudice;
    • developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made;
    • managing conflict; and
    • learning how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.
  • knowledge and understanding
    • learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages;
    • understanding human sexuality, reproduction, sexual health, emotions and relationships;

Sex education is taught in year 5 and 6.  Parents have the right, after discussion with the Year Leader, to withdraw their child from sex education.


Main Themes

Main Resources


(1)       Life cycles of animals, including humans:

(a)       Growing - babies grow and develop, and so do children at puberty.

(b)       Someone New - the growth of the baby inside the womb and its birth.

(c)        Life Begins - Puberty, menstruation, conception.

(2)       Girls only will be given details of coping with periods, sanitary protection and hygiene, who to see for help in school, how to be excused from classes, etc.

(3) Appropriate touching.



You choose unit

(a) Linking sex and relationship education with issues of peer pressure.  

(b) Different relationships such as friendships and family relationships and responsibilities linked with these.

(c) Puberty and adolescence including personal hygiene.

(d) Ensure young people understand how the law applies to sexual relationships including appropriate and inappropriate touching.

(e) Preparing children for transition – self-confidence and identity.

(f) Homophobia – let’s tackle it!


 "Living and Growing"

“You, your body and puberty”

“Human reproduction and childbirth”

“Caution: teenager under construction”

“Homophobia – let’s tackle it”


Local Health Professional or Midwife