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Relationships & Health Education

Since September 2020, Relationships Education and Health Education must be taught by all primary schools in England and is compulsory for all children.


Relationships Education has five areas of study:


  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe


Children are taught the importance of equality and respect, and it is vital that they learn that some children have different family structures, and some families look different to their own. Primary schools are strongly encouraged to cover content about LGBT when teaching about different types of families; as an Infant School we would not deliver this content directly, but if the subject was initiated by a child, we would answer them in an age-appropriate way, ensuring that all aspects of teaching in this area is sensitive in approach and content.


In line with Government policy, we believe it is imperative for all children to learn about diversity in the wider community and world, and accept that there are a wide range of relationships and family structures in society which we should respect and accept.


Sex Education is not compulsory in primary schools and will not be taught explicitly at Grange Park Infant School. In line with the National Curriculum for Science in Key Stage 1, children will be taught the main external body parts, the human body as it grows from birth to old age, and reproduction in plants and some animals.


We understand that some questions may arise during science lessons that may go beyond the curriculum; teachers have been trained on how to handle difficult questions about sex and sexuality, and will deal with them with sensitivity and age appropriate explanations.


Members of staff do not promote or advance any specific lifestyle other than presenting the children with a factual response to their questions.


Health Education is the teaching of good physical health and mental wellbeing. It has eight areas of study:


  • Mental well-being
  • Internet safety
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco (for Key Stage 1: 'Good and Bad Medicines')
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • The changing body


Our resources include NSPCC's 'Talk PANTS' Programme, and Coram Life Education's SCARF scheme. In addition, the Coram 'Life Bus' mobile classroom visits school each year which strengthens the children's learning and is very popular.


Relationships Education and Health Education complement the National Curriculum subjects of Science, Computing and Physical Education.