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Relationship Health Education

Relationship and Health Education (also known as Relationship and Sex Education) was previously taught under the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) heading.

The DFE guidance defines this subject as:

Lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.

It also states that ‘children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way’

It is about the development of the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of her or him as a sexual being, about what it is to be fully human, called to live in right relationships with self and others and being enabled to make moral decisions in conscience. 

The DFE identifies three main elements:

  • attitudes and values
  • personal and social skills
  • knowledge and understanding


At St. Edmunds Catholic Primary School we teach Relationships and Health education aligned to our Christian beliefs about God and the human person.

The belief in the unique dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in a Catholic school. Our approach to RHE is therefore rooted in the Catholic’s Church’s teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christina ideals.

As a consequence of the Christian belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, gender and sexuality are seen as God’s gift, reflects God’s beauty.

All RHE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching. It will emphasize the central importance of marriage and the family while acknowledging that all pupils have a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever house hold they come from. It will also prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

In the classroom

Children have a dedicated RHE lesson every week, which follows the programme “Life to the Full” by Ten Ten, an award-winning Catholic education organisation.

This programme provides planning and resources from EYFS through to Year 6 in phase groups: EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. The children will have one exercise book which will accompany them throughout their school life. In this book, the children will have evidence of their learning/growth throughout primary school and be able to celebrate their achievements.

Wider Curriculum

As part of a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares children for the wider world and transition to Secondary school we also cover topics such as money and finance, citizenship and first aid.

Where possible we provide assemblies, workshops, school trips, guest speakers and visitors to the school and special events, such as Cultural Diversity Week, Healthy Eating week, Money week, Anti bullying activities which contribute to our work on British Values.

Odd Socks Day

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5.1  joined together to show that it's okay to be different and to stand up against bullying and discrimination.



Coffee Morning Police Visit

Last month we had a visit from the Safer Schools team. Two officers attended a Coffee morning organised by Miss Appleby. They introduced themselves and gave an update on services in the area. This team also delivers workshops to the pupils and will hopefully be visiting our school again in the coming months.

Road Safety and Anti Bullying

This Autumn, the children at St.Edmunds have taken part in two themed weeks: Road Safety and Anti Bullying. The purpose of these is to raise awareness. 

Road Safety-this year's theme was 'Safer Road for All'. The children took part in an assembly at the beginning of the week thinking about basic road rules and how we can help each other to stay safe. The children were set a competition to design a road for the future.


'Reach Out' was the theme of this year's anti bullying week. During this week, there was an assembly for KS1 and KS2. The children also took part in Odd Socks day, celebrating the fact that we are all unique and special. All the children had the opportunity to design a pair of odd socks and took part in a discussion in their class about the benefits of speaking out if we feel or if we see others struggling. We encourage the children to think about who their trusted adults are and who is available to talk to.


Pupil Voice

Recently Miss Osborne has met with a sample of pupils from KS2. They were asked the following questions about PSHE/RHE. Here are their responses:

What is PSHE/RHE?

Year 5 and 6: Learning about mental health, relationships, what to do and not to do, how to keep safe online, not sharing private information, safety outside school-fire, that we are unique.

Year 3 and 4: how to be happy, to know who to talk to if you need help: responsible adults, someone over 18-siblings, trusted teacher.

Why do we learn about RHE?

  • For our mental health, so it can be good.
  • How to deal with problems: to recognise when something isn't right.
  • For our future lives-as adults we might need it.
  • When things happen-we will know why it’s happening and what to do about it.
  • To help keep us safe online and IRL.

When do you learn about it?

On Fridays but also in assemblies, Science and PE lessons. During visits e.g. Father Noel, NSPCC.

What have you learnt this term/this year?

Year 5 and 6: Online Safety-it helps me to keep safe online, Drugs, Keeping your body healthy, how old you have to be to use certain websites, different body parts, human rights-tolerance and respect-part of British Values.

Year 3 and 4: Online safety, Bullying, Relationships: family and friends, NSPCC: the purpose of Child-line-we can call if we are worried.

Do you have a favourite topic/lesson?

Year 5 and 6: Learning what to do in a fire, what ages are appropriate for websites, Drugs-it helps me to know what bad things drugs can do.

Year 3 and 4: Online Safety: playing games-I know how to keep safe and not be scammed. Talking to others online-how to deal with-block/report bad language etc. Age guidelines-what is appropriate.

Is there anything else you would like to be taught about/more of?

Year 5 and 6: First Aid, Camping-fire safety, First aid, Relationships-friends and family, Ways to calm down, to deal with anxiety.

Year 3 and 4 :Self-defence, Secondary school transition, Drugs – what are they, how do we know what is safe?

Anti Bullying and Road Safety Competition Winners

We got delayed but finally, I am very happy to finally be able to share with you the winners for both competitions with their prizes.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered, we had so many entries to choose from, especially for Road Safety. I was very impressed and happy to see people getting involved and working so hard. 

Miss Osborne


Anti Bullying Winning Entries

Anti Bullying Entries


Doctor Bike

Dr. Bike Cycle Checks

At Dr Bike sessions experienced mechanics check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more.

Any minor adjustments they can make to the bike will be done there and then. If there’s anything they can’t fix on site, they will let you know exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost at a bike shop.

All our mechanics are friendly and approachable and have a wealth of cycling knowledge so feel free to pick their brains about cycle training or other cycling activities.

Once your bike has been checked you could book one of the Family Cycle skills sessions that are available:

Whether you and your family are novices to cycling or you all ride already but would like advice on specific routes, your instructor will tailor the session to meet your needs. 

Sessions are for up to 3 people and at least one trainee must be an adult. Please be aware that where groups have very different ages or abilities, instructors need to pace training to suit the least able. If you live, work or study in any Enfield, this training is free!"

Healthy Eating Week

The children in Reception talked about what healthy foods they loved to eat. They decided that fruit was their favourite and to make fruit kebabs.  They loved making them and most of all, they loved eating them! 

Year 1 made fruit kebabs, the children did taste testing and we discussed the different textures, tastes and smells etc. We then made the kebabs. We also made food rainbows in Art and talked about smart sugar swaps in PSHE.

The children in Year 2 learnt about what foods were healthy and unhealthy. They learnt about the portion sizes they should have on their plates and how important it was to have a lot of fruit and vegetables in their diet.​ The children then made their own fruit salad, learning how to prepare the fruit, cut the fruit and serve it. The children loved Healthy Eating Week and loved trying new fruits!

In Year 3 we looked at the food pyramid and the Eat Well Plate. We discussed what a balanced diet is and what a balanced meal looks like. We spoke about the types of each food we need to eat and the amounts we should eat. We created a salad with a variety of ingredients. We prepared the ingredients buffet style and children were given some time to plan the ingredients they would take to make sure it was balanced. They were given vegetable/salad options/ fats / starchy carbs/ protein. The children then created their meals and ate them. They made thoughtful choices and explained their ideas well.

Children in Year 4 have been having lots of fun! Over the past 2 weeks, we have learnt about the nutritional benefit of fruits and vegetables; looking at the Eatwell plate; what makes a balanced diet; and how we should all be eating a rainbow! In groups, they designed a fruit kebab, gave their product a name and created a slogan and an advert. They also spent time in Maths preparing a budget and discovered the cost of their kebab. Finally, we made the kebabs and did some taste testing!

Year 5 learnt about how much sugar, salt and saturated fat, was in certain foods. We found out that having too much of these things is damaging to our bodies. We focused on making healthier choices and finding alternative snacks with less sugar, salt and saturated fat. On Friday afternoon we made kebabs, using a variety of different fruits. Some of us tried new fruits for the first time! We all really enjoyed our healthy snack.

Year 6 made fruit smoothies. We researched the nutritional benefits of different ingredients and each group planned and made a smoothie based on that. We designed the packaging too.​ The children loved it!

Cultural Walking and Cycling Map in Enfield

Cultural Walking and Cycling Map of Enfield PDF download

This map is a great guide to Enfield which shows information on libraries, historical landmarks, shopping centres, etc but also 'ghost' signs and examples of art around the borough. It can be used as a walking or cycling guide. 

Perhaps, you could use it to find some new places to visit during the summer holidays. Enjoy!

Cycle Training 

Here are the Year 5 pupils who took part in cycle training last half-term. The children completed a session each day for one week with their 2 qualified instructors. By the end of the week, they had all worked hard to absorb the Level 1 cycling skills and some progressed to Level 2 training which enables riders to be aware of how to ride safely on the road. This training is also available for families, please ask your class teacher or miss Osborne to find out more or use this link!


Year 6 Cycle Training


Below are documents which were used to support the creation of our school’s RHE policy. They come from the Department of Education, the Borough of Enfield and the Catholic Education Service.