Relationship and Health Education

Relationship and Health Education is committed to supporting all pupils to grow up happy, healthy and safe, and to provide them with the knowledge they need to manage the opportunities and challenges of modern Britain. Through RHE pupils learn about relationships, diversity, respect, healthy lifestyles, safety, the body (and how it changes), reproduction and birth (in a sensitive and age-appropriate way).  This is to build the foundation of skills and knowledge that will be further developed at a secondary level and in preparation for adult life. Our key aim in providing RHE is to safeguard our pupils.

The key objectives of the programme are to:  

  • Teach the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.  
  • Enable pupils to gain the skills and understanding to support the development of healthy bodies and minds. 
  • Develop pupils’ skills around assessing risk and keeping safe. 
  • Enable pupils to recognise and manage their emotions effectively. 
  • Support pupils to effectively manage their health and wellbeing. 
  • Make pupils aware of their rights especially in relation to their bodies. 
  • Enable the development of social and relationship skills and protective behaviours. 
  • Prepare pupils for the physical and emotional changes of puberty and menstruation.  
  • Explore a range of attitudes, values and faith perspectives around aspects of relationships.  
  • Support pupils to use the internet safely and to recognise the benefits and risks that it brings.  
  • Provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to access appropriate support.  

The CHPA PSHE programme is based on the needs of pupils, in order to support learning outcomes appropriate to their age, ability and level of maturity.  Pupils will be helped to appreciate difference and to respect themselves and others. 

The Curriculum 

PSHE is taught in each year groups throughout CHPA. The curriculum we deliver is age-appropriate and progressive, building pupil knowledge, understanding and skills year on year.  RHE will be delivered and parents/carers will be informed of what will be covered annually. 

The curriculum will ensure coverage of the following core elements: 

1. Families and people who care for me  

2. Caring friendships  

3. Respectful relationships 

4. Online relationships 

5. Being safe 


At CHPA, we timetable 30 minutes to RHE curriculum learning each week, in order to teach the knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. Class teachers deliver the weekly lessons to their own classes.  However, depending upon the needs of the particular classes, and issues (such as friendship issues and issues within the news) that arise, we may spend more time per week. These lessons are tailored through the PSHE Association Question Based Model including key language and terminology.  

The explicit PSHE lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways, such as:  

Assemblies and collective worship, team points, Class Learning Charters, Charnock Values and LEAD values, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across CHPA. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations.  

As RHE incorporates the development of self-esteem and relationships, pupils’ learning does not just take place through the taught curriculum but through all aspects of school life, including the playground. It is important then that all staff understand they have a responsibility to implement this policy and promote the aims of the Academy at any time they are dealing with children.

Peer mediation is a process by which children and young people themselves help their peers resolve conflict in a constructive, non-violent way. It involves trained mediators helping their peers deal with conflict through a series of mediation steps. It can be used for children and young people of all ages. Children in Year 6 volunteer their time to help support each other through mediation during play times and dinner times for KS1 and KS2 after receiving training.

Peer Mediators

Peer mediation is a process by which children and young people themselves help their peers resolve conflict in a constructive, non-violent way. It involves trained mediators helping their peers deal with conflict through a series of mediation steps. It can be used for children and young people of all ages. Children in Year 6 volunteer their time to help support each other through mediation during play times and dinner times for KS1 and KS2 after receiving training.

First Aid

In Year 5, children take part in a practical First Aid Workshop provided by Mini First Aid – Nottingham. They are taught all the life-saving basics they should know. Mini First Aid cover assessing a casualty, CPR, chocking, burns, bleeds, bumps and breaks in their sessions. Children are able to practise the techniques learned on their CPR manikins and choking vests. At the end of the session, children receive a workbook and certificate to take home.

British Values

Learning about British values forms a key part of children’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social education. The five British values that the Government has identified for schools to focus on are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Developing personal and social responsibility
  • Respect for British Institutions

How does CHPA develop children’s understanding of British values?

We uphold the British value of Democracy by:

  • facilitating a democratic process for electing school councillors and the running of the council.
  • taking turns in class, at dinner time and in after school clubs.

We uphold the British value of the Rule of Law by:

  • teaching children an understanding of human rights.
  • implementing our school Charnock All-Star values which have clear and agreed statements, and ensuring that the children know their own right and respect the rights of others.
  • teaching children to learn about the process of law-making and the part that citizens can play in that process.
  • implementing our procedures and protocols for dealing with any behavioural or bullying issues.

We uphold the British value of individual liberty and work to identify and combat discrimination by:

  • teaching an understanding of the concept of freedom and choice.
  • teaching our RE curriculum, which inculcates values of understanding, tolerance and respect for others, including those of other faiths.
  • holding discussions in RE, English and other subjects, which allow children to develop respect for the opinions, values and beliefs of others.

We uphold the British value of developing personal and social responsibility by:

  • expecting children to have responsibility in many ways in school including being play leaders, peer mediators, pupil councillors and eco warriors.
  • expecting children to take responsibility in every class for a variety of roles which assist in the running of the classroom.
  • encouraging children to have responsibility for their own possessions, behaviour and work, both at school and at home and to always do their personal best in all aspects of school life.
  • training staff to deliver information about keeping safe on the internet to all our children and holding information sessions for parents about this.

We uphold the British value of respect for British Institutions by:

  • celebrating many British festivals and special events, e.g. Remembrance Day, November 5th, Christmas, Easter, World Book Day, Children in Need, Red-nose day etc.
  • regularly inviting representatives from various groups, such as Police, charities and the local church to visit our school and talk to the children in both lessons and assemblies

Public Sector Equality Duty

Civic Responsibility

SMSC @ Charnock Hall

Water Safety

KS2 came together to participate in a water safety assembly lead by Yorkshire Water. Children learnt about different hazards and dangers around rivers, canals, reservoirs, lakes and the sea and how to stay safe when they are near them. Their knowledge was tested at the end with a true or false quiz and they were able to point out hazards and dangers on pictures of different open water.

ODD Socks Day 2021

Children came in their ODD Socks to mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week 2021. Odd socks day is designed to be fun and encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique.

World Mental Health Day – Park Visits 2021 and Wear Yellow!

As a way of supporting children’s mental health, we supported the Young Minds campaign #HelloYellow. On Friday 8th October 2021 we asked pupils and all staff to wear something yellow in support of mental health. Children were given the opportunity to enjoy Charnock Park on an afternoon as we recognised the importance of outdoor play and having a break from the classroom.

KS2 & Parent Knife Crime Awareness – Alison Cope Assembly – January 2023

Before half-term, Alison Cope came into CHPA to speak to our Y5 & 6 children about Staying Safe and Knife crime. The assembly was very engaging and eye-opening for Y5 & Y6 pupils and the adults too. Alison asked them lots of questions and they answered well, although their answers may not have been the ‘right’ ones!!! For example, at the beginning of the assembly they were asked which of the logos for apps they used. Many pupils put up their hands, but no-one did when she asked them who was 13 or older – the room fell silent. A similar scenario happened when they were asked if they had played GTA (Grand Theft Auto) – Alison went on to explain that this game has been banned in some countries, including the UK due it’s level of violence particularly towards women. Alison discussed the harm of violent games and asked pupils where on the body would you stab or shoot someone to kill them. The majority answered heart or head, this then led onto the sad story of her own son and the events leading up to his death and it being linked to Social Media.

The most worrying point for me (Mrs Fotheringham) was when Alison asked how many ‘grumpy’ teenagers standing in a group outside a shop in the evening would be carrying a knife in Sheffield? The majority of the answers ranged from 50% upwards and Alison explained that this is because our society are now living in fear and many think the worst. She told the children that only 2% of people carry a knife (2% too many) in Sheffield. 

All pupils engaged really well with the session and have said how much they enjoyed it, even though it was quite sad. Thank you to parents, sisters and Grandparents who attended and the feedback from adults, who were unable to attend.

Here are some quotes from children and family members:

Karim, Kian and Charlie – Y6 said, “I liked it, it was better than previous assemblies because it has actually happened to someone and brought it to life. It was nice coming from someone who has experienced this trauma and it was really in depth.”

 Poppy, Tilly, Izzy – Y6 said, “It was quite sad but it was really important. The story behind it sad but it needed to be told. It was very informative. Alison (Joshua’s mum) was happy to discuss her son’s life and was really confident. She was extremely proud of her son. This assembly shocked us but more importantly raised awareness. This definitely had a positive impact on CHPA. Thank you Alison.”

 Eva – Y5 “It was very sad but it was very good as it taught us to never carry knives in the future and not to be scared”.

 Izaac – Y5 “I think it was good because when she showed us some apps and games that we play, I didn’t realise we are not old enough to play these. It also made me feel safer that not many people carry knives and only 2% do”.

 Harrison – Y6 “I was initially scared, but now after talking about the issues involved I understand it better”.

 Parent of Lucas Y5 emailed CHPA saying, “Lucas has come home wanting to have grown-up discussions about the topics raised and I think it’s a brave and brilliant decision to have her in speaking to primary age children. 

She’s an incredible lady and I’m so glad Lucas has had the chance to hear her speak, so a huge thanks to whoever organised.”

 Thank you to Beth at The Amber Project (Sheffield Child Exploitation Service) who supported us to invite Alison into CHPA and also to Ronny at Aspire Boxing Gym (Springs) for securing funding to enable the local community to access such important people and messages.

Mental Health Week – #Let’sConnect

Throughout the final week of Spring 1 2023, it was Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme was ‘Let’s Connect’. The Pupil Council decided a great way to connect with each other was a visit to the park, where you could play with your friends, classmates and even teachers! 

CHPA thoroughly enjoyed this and it was a lovely way to bring Spring 1 to a close.