Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Through the teaching of PSHE, our aim at Peninsula East Primary Academy is to provide children with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives now and in the future in order to be well rounded global citizens. PSHE helps children to stay healthy and safe, make the most of their life and work and provides them with the tools they need to reach their full potential. We aim to provide learning experiences that enable children to develop the necessary skills to participate fully in their school, local and wider communities. 

The teaching of PSHE is covered through inquiry lessons, assemblies, science as well as some discrete teaching. The three main themes include: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. PSHE builds on skills that children start to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage. Children discover and learn based on their current experiences which is then revisited, reinforced and extended year on year.

Most of PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools from September 2021 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. 

This includes:

  • Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4* 
  • Health Education in both primary and secondary phases. 

*Important aspects of RSE can be taught at key stage 2 as non-statutory education.

RSE – Relationships and Sex Education 

Peninsula East Primary Academy considers that Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship curriculum. We aim to offer pupils a carefully planned programme on human development, relationships, and family life within a safe, supportive atmosphere. We also see this as a fundamental part of safeguarding the children within our care.

Staff are following plans from Medway and have received training on the approach to teaching RSE and understand the need to teach it sensitively in a safe environment. Below you can see an overview of the lessons and which year groups they will be taught in. There is also a link for you to access the lesson plans. 

RSE Lesson overviews and lesson plans

Lesson 1: ‘My special people’ 

About the special people in our lives and how we care for one another.

Lesson 1: ‘We are growing: Human life cycle’

About how we change as we grow.

Lesson 2: ‘Everybody’s body’

About the differences and similarities between people.

Lesson 1: What makes a good friend’

About friendship—why it is important and what makes a good friend.

Lesson 2: ‘Falling out with friends’

How to maintain good friendships. 

About solving disagreements and conflicts amongst ourselves and our peers.

Lesson 1: ‘Time to change’ 

About some of the physical changes experienced during puberty.

Lesson 1: ‘Menstruation and wet dreams’

About the biological changes that happen to males and females during puberty.

Lesson 2: ‘Personal hygiene’ 

About the importance of personal hygiene during puberty. 

To respond to questions about puberty. 

Lesson 3: ‘Emotions and feelings’ 

How and why emotions may change during puberty. 

About getting appropriate help, advice and support about puberty.

Lesson 1: ‘Puberty: Recap and review’ 

More about the changes that happen at puberty (recap from year 4 or 5)

Lesson 2: ‘Puberty: Change and becoming independent’ 

About managing change – new roles and responsibilities as we grow up. 

Lesson 3: ‘Positive and healthy relationships’ 

About what constitutes a positive, healthy relationship. 

That relationships can change over time.

Lesson 4: ‘How a baby is made’ 

About adult relationships and the human life cycle. 

About human reproduction (how a baby is made and how it grows).