PSHE and Relationship and Health Education

"The hands represent compassion, trust and support while the bands show the specific downs and ups of life and add brightness and positivity to the picture."
By Sam Wylie.

At Mawnan Church of England VA Primary School, we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Relationships and Health Education is about what constitutes wellbeing and loving care for ourselves (health education), how we show loving care for others (relationships education) and, when at an appropriate age and stage in life, how we show loving care to those we choose to be intimate with, including within marriage (sex education).

Relationships and Health Education provides an excellent forum to provide pupils with life-skills that will enable them to make informed decisions and protect themselves against harmful and exploitative situations. Relationships and Health Education is therefore a tool to safeguard children. Relationships and Health Education contributes to the foundation of PSHE and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development and offers a valuable vehicle for promoting equality between individuals and groups. It involves an exploration of human and social diversity, and a fostering of self-worth whilst recognising, accepting and respecting differences.

Our intention is that when children leave Mawnan School, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. Our PSHE curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them with the personal and social knowledge and skills they need to negotiate life’s challenges, opportunities, and risks. The knowledge, skills and attributes taught within our curriculum have a positive impact in improving emotional wellbeing, academic attainment and preparation for adulthood.

Relationships education - Learning to love our neighbours (Matt 19:19)

Relationships education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy.

Health education - Learning to love ourselves (Matthew 19:19)

Health education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Sex education - Learning to love a partner (Matt 19:19)

Sex education focuses on preparing boys and girls for the changes that adolescence brings (puberty) and the scientific process of how a baby is conceived and born.



At Mawnan, Relationships and Health Education is taught within our personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum. Our school uses an adapted and personalised version of the Brook Cornwall Curriculum to deliver PSHE and Relationships and Health Education. The knowledge for PSHE and Relationship and Health Education has been carefully mapped across the school to ensure effective progression and coverage. 

Our PSHE, including Relationships and Health Education, curriculum focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships and health including:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe
  • 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
Relationships and Health Education complement several national curriculum subjects such as Science, Computing and Physical Education (PE). At Mawnan, biological aspects of Relationships and Health Education are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are also included in health education. Many aspects like keeping safe, good and bad touch, healthy friendships, online safety, peer pressure, saying no, the PANTS rule, families and people who care for me, are taught throughout the school year to ensure a consistent spiraling approach to keeping safe.
To enhance our PSHE curriculum further, we have carefully selected and bought a range of high quality picture books that promote diversity, healthy relationships, our Mawnan Values and British Values. These picture books have been planned onto our PSHE Curriculum Roadmap to match our PSHE topics and are also used to support children if/when specific situations arise in our classrooms.


Mawnan School ensures that our children know how to stay physically and mentally healthy and safe and that our curriculum gives them the personal and social knowledge and skills they need to negotiate life’s challenges, opportunities, and risks. The knowledge, skills and attributes taught within our curriculum have a positive impact in improving emotional and mental wellbeing and academic attainment. 

As our children progress throughout the school they develop the understanding and skills to become safe, happy and resilient learners who endeavour to show kindness, trust and compassion to others and themselves. Our pupils are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need when they leave us to continue their learning journeys in secondary school and into adulthood.


As part of our Children's Mental Health Week 2021, our children got creative and completed whole school art project. 
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The project was inspired by a book called The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. This book has been very popular through the pandemic as it brings comfort in difficult and uncertain times.
Please find below some example lesson plans for the RHE aspects of our PSHE currciulum along with guidance for parents and our policy.