Relationships and Health Education

Relationships and Health Education

At St. Stephen’s our priority is that all children feel included, respected, celebrated and empowered to become their happiest selves. Learning how to form and maintain healthy relationships is a key part of this and integral for our children’s wellbeing. Relationships and Health Education is a new topic however it links with many of the subjects that PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) has traditionally covered. From September 2020, Relationships and Health Education is a formal lesson in our weekly timetable where each child’s class has a delegated (but not exclusive) time to explore and discuss topics around: friendship, family, the importance of their physical and emotional wellbeing, mental health, working together and British Values in a safe, respectful environment. 

We believe that Relationships and Health Education links with every other subject on our time table from working well in a team to solve a math’s puzzle, making sure all our friends are included in a game at playtime or simply children understanding their new and changing emotions as they get ready to become an active, courteous, Christian member of society. Supported by the class teacher and the teaching assistant, children will explore the units:

  • Me and My Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Myself Safe 
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Being My Best 
  • Growing and Changing 

Each year, the children will further develop their understanding of each topic through a spiral curriculum structure.

All teachers follow lessons planned by Coram Life Education

who also deliver the Life Bus sessions in the Spring term. This is when a member of Coram Life Education comes and teaches all children in a special session in the infamous ‘Life Bus’ in the playground. Teachers use formal assessment at the beginning and end of each unit as well as informal assessment throughout the units to help inform their teaching sequence and address any misconceptions or stimulate necessary conversations/additional lessons. 

In their day to day learning, children are supported in applying their learning from Relationships and Health Education (RHE) with a ‘working wall’ in their classroom which exhibits their ‘Long Term Learning’ questions, as well as thoughts and queries on the topic. Each class also has an RHE book which they can reflect on throughout the day. We believe that as this subject tackles many universal topics, the children should use their RHE learning throughout the day, every day, not just in the designated lesson slot.


Relationships and Health Education Policy approved by school governors

Relationships & Health Education 2020

Please note this policy will next be reviewed in September 2021

Government Guidelines 

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education


Sex Education Policy  Approved by School Governors 

Sex Education Policy 2021

Curriculum Information

Please find a link to the curriculum map for all year groups (including Reception) here:

Curriculum Map

Please find below a list of the focuses that will be covered subject to year group and unit. These questions are what the children will consider throughout their unit.


Year 1 LF

Year 2 LF

Year 3 LF

Year 4 LF

Year 5 LF

Year 6 LF

Please find the Statements of Progression below: 

Reception Statements of Progression updated

Year 1 Statements of Progression

Year 2 Statements of Progression

Year 3 Statements of Progression

Year 4 Statements of Progression

Year 5 Statements of Progression

Year 6 Statements of Progression


Relationships Education Meeting

In December 2019, we had a meeting updating parents on the statutory changes that will come into effect from September 2020.

Please click on the powerpoint to see the main ‘headlines’ that were discussed.

Relationships Education Meeting 12.19

Our next step will be to invite parents in to look through the resources we will be using from September 2020. We aim to do this in the Spring Term so keep an eye out for the dates.

Sex Education

Please find a copy of the Sex Education Policy in the Policies tab above. This contains information on what we classify as sex education at St. Stephen’s, when it is due to take place and how it is taught. In addition to the policy please consult the government guidelines which can also be found in the policies section.