Relationships & Health Education

Our Curriculum Approach

RHE (Relationships and Health Education) is a non-statutory curriculum subject, in which the government gives schools a great deal of freedom and choice over how they teach the subject.

We teach RHE in a sensitive and child specific way. We use a “mindful” approach to RHE, enabling children to really reflect and think about each of things they are learning.

As a school, we choose to follow the National Curriculum for RHE and use Jigsaw RHE as a starting point for our lesson planning.

Purpose of Study

The focus of relationship education in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults. This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils should be taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.

The aim of teaching pupils about physical health and mental wellbeing is to give them the information that they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. It should enable them to recognise what is normal and what is an issue in themselves and others and, when issues arise, know how to seek support as early as possible from appropriate sources. It is important for schools to promote pupils’ self-control and ability to self-regulate, and strategies for doing so. This will enable them to become confident in their ability to achieve well and persevere even when they encounter setbacks or when their goals are distant, and to respond calmly and rationally to setbacks and challenges.


The national curriculum for relationships and health education aims to cover for all pupils:

  • Families and people who care for me

  • Caring friendships

  • Respectful relationships

  • Online relationships

  • Being safe

The national curriculum for physical health and mental wellbeing education aims to cover for all pupils:

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Internet safety and harms

  • Physical health and fitness

  • Healthy eating

  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

  • Health and prevention

  • Basic first aid

  • Changing adolescent body, including menstruation

Miss Caroline Watkinson

Miss Watkinson joined the Tyndale team in 2017. She is passionate about RHE and the important role that it plays within children's and academic education. It is a subject that contains so many tools for children to learn healthy, confident and independent skills to help them in their lives. Currently, Miss Watkinson is working with the teaching staff to find ways to incorporate RHE into everyday teaching and learning.

Here's what your child will learn

WIP PSHE Yearly Overview