At Capenhurst CE Primary School, we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to relationships and health education, which must be delivered to every primary-aged pupil. Our main focus is 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. Primary schools also have the option to decide whether pupils are taught sex education. At our school, we do not teach pupils sex education beyond what is required of the science curriculum. As such there is no parental right to withdraw pupils from these lessons or any other PSHE/RSE lesson.

Relationships education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. The Heart Smart programme is the key resource used in the delivery of these skills.

We understand our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships, sex and health curriculum for all our pupils. This policy sets out the framework for our relationships, sex and health curriculum, providing clarity on how it is informed, organised and delivered.


HeartSmart is a resource to enrich our delivery of PSHE. It's aim is to build resilience, strengthen emotional intelligence and develop active empathy in the hearts of our children. Fundamentally it is about loving and accepting ourselves as well as loving and responding to others.

Click on the image below to watch an introduction to HeartSmart.

The HeartSmart High Five - five basic principles of the HeartSmart scheme of work:

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