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RHE (Relationship and Health Education) and RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)

Our mission is to be a happy, caring and compassionate Catholic community where each child’s gifts are developed to the full and the foundations for lifelong learning are laid down.

Everyone will be supported, nurtured and inspired to be the very best they can be and to persevere to overcome life’s challenges.

With God’s help, we will educate our children to live safely and responsibly, to care for His wonderful creation and to live their lives through the example of Jesus and the values of the Gospel.  

RSHE is an integral aspect of our curriculum and one that encompasses all that we aim to achieve through our mission statement and core values; to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be caring people, responsible citizens and to lead healthy lives.


The curriculum: Changes 2021

The teaching of Relationships and Health is now statutory for Primary Schools.

RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) and RHE together are the RSHE curriculum which complements the teaching in RE, Science, Online Safety, Design and Technology (cooking and nutrition) and Physical Education.

We have created our own St. Dunstan’s RSHE curriculum using the DfE guidance.

We grouped the key ideas from the DfE RSHE guidance around 3 topics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World.
Matthew (22:37-40) says
'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.’

As such, we must treat ourselves as vessels of God’s love, and treat others with the same love and respect. These principles perfectly match with the central values of the RSHE curriculum- we learn how to respect and take care of ourselves in both our bodies and in our relationships.

Therefore, RE and RSHE are often integrated when taught, for example: through the use of themes such as Baptism and Confirmation as a way to understand friendship, belonging, supporting others; through the parables and scripture as ways to live our lives by and through CAFOD to understand themes such as stewardship, global citizenship or poverty.

Our 5 core themes in the RSHE curriculum are:

Created and Loved by God  Created to Love Others  Created to Live in Community  Created to Serve to others  Created to develop our God given gifts 
Healthy Lifestyles:
Keeping safe and understanding risk
RSE Healthy Relationships: Families, friends Rights and responsibilities Teamwork- Working with others Charity Enterprise
RSE- Growing and changing  Anti-bullying  Diversity and stereotypes Justice- Fair trade Learning to Learn Self-motivation- goal setting
Identity- Emotional and wellbeing  Feelings and emotions  God’s World- Taking care of the environment  Leadership and Inspiration  Financial Awareness 

We cover a wide range of topics such as:

Health Education
  • Healthy living (diet, personal hygiene, drugs and alcohol)
  • Physical health and fitness (fitness, active lifestyles benefits)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Internet Safety (benefits spent online, how to report concerns, consider their online actions)
  • Mental Wellbeing (we have a range of emotions, how to talk about emotions, ways to have good mental wellbeing)
Relationship Education
  • Families and people who care for me (families are important, characteristic of a healthy family life
  • Caring friendships (characteristics, healthy friendships, how to manage friendship issues)
  • Respectful friendships (respect for others, self-respect, anti-bullying, stereotypes)
  • Being safe (boundaries, privacy, who to seek help from)
We include elements of the St Dunstan’s Curriculum in the RSHE curriculum to cover other topics such as:
  • Justice - fairtrade
  • Leadership and inspiration - democracy
  • Care for God's World
  • Charity
  • Enterprise and Financial Awareness
As a result of our teaching in RSHE, children grow more confident about aspects of their own lives, their self-esteem, their health, their beliefs, their relationships with others, and their ability to express their feelings and to manage life’s problems.

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Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

We use a resource created by Sister Jude Groden of BRES. It is the recommended programme of study for Catholic schools for Relationship and Sex Education, and has been written as a progressive scheme of work that supports the Religious Education, RSHE and Science curricula taught within the school.

Throughout, A Journey in Love, an aspect of the mystery of love is focussed upon in each year group, children and young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected in each stage of a person’s growth in the Primary Years through a series of suggested, progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

Please see our RSE policy here.

Please view the curriculum overview of A Journey in Love here.

Democracy at St Dunstan’s

Pupil Voice

Pupil VoiceTo develop an understanding of democracy all pupils have the opportunity to share their ideas about concerns that affect them at school. Pupils in years 2-6 are elected by their peers to discuss ideas and share these in a committee which feedback to Senior Leaders, Staff and Governors.

Every year our Pupil Voice reps have a trip to the Houses of Parliament where they learn about the history of Westminster Palace, how the government works and local democracy.

House Captains

House CaptainsEach September, the year 6 children write an election speech to persuade the children across the school to vote for them as their House Captain. The elected captains then support the children and the wider community in a variety of ways: ambassadors for visitors to the school, support the elderly at the Seniors Lunches at the church, lead sporting competitions for all age groups and act as role models for all pupils.

Eco reps and Digital Champions

Each year, pupils vote for an Eco rep and Digital champion in Key Stage 2. The Digital champions help to keep each other safe when we are online by offering support and guidance for children when they are using technology in the classroom and to give top tips on how children can use technology to make their work their very best.

The Eco reps are responsible for creating a class eco promise and encourage their class to act on their promise over the year. The reps are part of the Eco- council which meet regularly to discuss how to care for God’s world.

Themed cross-curricular activities

Throughout the year, we provide cross curricular days or weeks to support the pupils’ learning in themes that are important to us. These days allow children to have discussions that enables them to think more deeply about their RSHE learning and apply it to their lives, both inside and outside of school.

Anti-Bullying week

Anti-Bullying Charter MarkEvery year St. Dunstan’s pupils join together, to participate in Anti-Bullying Week. This initiative provides schools across the UK the opportunity to stand together in a powerful statement against bullying in our communities. Every year has a different theme that allows children to explore the concept that, although we are all unique, we should respect and accept these differences, rather than using them as an excuse to belittle and demean.

Through the work we do to promote anti-bullying in school, we are very pleased to have received the Anti-Bullying Charter Mark.

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Odd Socks Day  

Road Safety week

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. Road Safety Week aims to inspire the children of St. Dunstan’s to take action on road safety, boost the children’s awareness to keep safe on the roads and promote life-saving messages such as “Be bright; be seen!”

Road Safety

Fairtrade Fortnight

For two weeks each year, we join thousands of other people across the UK to celebrate the people who grow our food, and to raise our awareness of how poor these people may be and understand how they can be exploited and badly paid for their work to produce the food we buy in the supermarkets.

FaritradeThrough the learning, children understand how Fairtrade works to ensure the farmers and workers get a fairer price for their produce.

Here at St. Dunstan’s we are incredibly proud to be a Fairtrade School and have received our FairAware Award. By being part of this worldwide movement, our children learn that they have the power to make a real difference in the world.

Junior Citizen

Each year, the children in Year 6 take part in the Junior Citizen Scheme run by Surrey County Council at Woking Football Club. It is a multi-agency scheme including Surrey Fire and Rescue, Surrey Police and other safety agencies.

The pupils work in small groups to take part in a variety of interactive activities to learning about personal safety such as: fire safety in the home, water safety, online safety, train safety and how to make a 999 emergency call. 
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