Slimbridge Primary School


Welcome to the PSHE and RSE section of Slimbridge Primary School’s website, where we are committed to delivering a comprehensive and aligned curriculum that strictly adheres to the Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory documents for primary PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education).

As outlined in the DfE’s statutory guidance for PSHE education, we firmly believe that “high-quality PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.” Our curriculum at Slimbridge Primary School reflects this guidance, ensuring that our students are provided with a rich and engaging learning experience that promotes their personal, social, and emotional well-being.

Additionally, we follow the DfE’s statutory guidance on RSE, which highlights the importance of delivering age-appropriate, inclusive, and comprehensive education that equips children with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate healthy relationships, consent, and personal safety.


Curriculum statement of Intent

Twinkl Life scheme of work aims to equip children with essential skills for life; it intends to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. We want to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge about drugs, alcohol, healthy diet, sleep and other areas to help them begin to make healthy life choices now and in the future.

The children are encouraged to explore and communicate their ideas confidently helping them to develop their own voice and express their own individuality whilst also raising their self-esteem as valued members of their community.

We want to inspire our children to be enterprising and to support them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. It gives children and young people the skills to reflect on and analyse their own values and equips them to face difficult and sometimes conflicting attitudes they may face in the future.



The Twinkl Life scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum. The scheme is designed to be taught in thematic units each with supporting materials including a planning overview, assessment statements and display materials. The themes are revisited in each year group to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the child. Lessons also signpost keywords, building a rich vocabulary to develop understanding.

The three main units of Twinkl are:

  • Health and wellbeing → Growing up, It’s my body, Safety first, Think positive
  • Living in the wider world → Aiming high, Diverse Britain, Money Matters, One world
  • Relationships → Be yourself, digital wellbeing, Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM), Very Important People (VIP)


Units are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games. Each lesson begins with a discussion of the children’s existing knowledge and experience, providing an opportunity for baseline assessment. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect on learning.

We follow our RSHE policy which has been developed in accordance with national and county guidance. There has been pupil and parental involvement in the development of this curriculum. Age appropriate lessons are delivered from Reception up to Year Six and links are made to the Science, PE and DT curriculum where appropriate.

Science curriculum where appropriate. At Slimbridge we use Twinkl scheme of work as a basis for our RSE teaching. We have adapted some of this planning after staff discussion, parental survey and a parent workshop. Teaching staff have copies of planning in folders.

The UPKS2 RSE lessons are within the Twinkl units:

  • Health and wellbeing → Growing up, It’s my body
  • Relationships → Be yourself, digital wellbeing, Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM), Very Important People (VIP)

Slimbridge PSHE and RSE policy 2023