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Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we want to help our children build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem. To identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. This enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability, better enjoyment and management of their lives.


Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child's primary school: a guide for parents

Department for Education: Frequently Asked Questions about Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education

PSHE Association - Programme of Study for PSHE Education

At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our RPHSE curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two. We are working towards the implementation of the new RHSE curriculum in Summer 2021, ensuring all staff are trained and feel confident and well prepared for this.


We have swiftly targeted RPHSE and SMSC development as a priority following the Covid-19 school closures and built our Recovery Curriculum upon this. Additional training has been provided for all members of staff alongside regular support and guidance.


To support with our curriculum development we have adopted the PHSE Association programme of study. We have also introduced our new core values and key themes. All subject leads are now working closely together to ensure they are embedded throughout all areas of our curriculum.


All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS areas of learning: PSED, P&C and UW. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for RPHSE and SMSC development as children progress into Key Stage One and throughout the rest of their lives.


Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum.


As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to add a ‘Vocabulary we will learn today’ section into all RPHSE lessons.

Our Vision & Intent

We will provide children with rich, vocabulary based, question and response focused Relationship, Personal, Health, Social and Economic lessons


At Diamond Wood Community Academy we really do understand the benefits of a strong RPHSE curriculum. RPHSE is at the centre of our whole school curriculum and underpins everything we do. We stand by our strap line of teaching and supporting children ‘To be the best version of me I can be’. During their time at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we want to inspire and help our children build their confidence, resilience and self esteem. On this path we hope they are able to learn how to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what truly influences their decisions. From this we hope that on their journey through our school they are able to recognise, accept and share their identities, accommodate to change, manage, understand and communicate their emotions effectively in a variety of settings. Developing these skills will prepare our children for their future endeavours whilst enhancing and strengthening their personal growth as they do so.

Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we follow the PSHE Association Scheme of work, which combines both PSHE and RSE units together, leading us to develop our own RPHSE curriculum. This combined curriculum is interwoven into all aspects of school life and other subjects. All members of the school community have been involved in the creation and ongoing development our RPHSE curriculum. This includes: parents, pupils, governors, staff and extends to outside agencies such as the P.E providers who embed aspects into their programmes and activities. Every member of our school community’s role is to provide support and promote wellbeing for all pupils. They are committed to being as positive role models.

RPHSE is taught through weekly sessions with skills built upon and reinforced within the wider school curriculum, such as our school values; Friendship, Respect, Cooperation, Responsibility and Caring. Each value is specifically focused upon in more depth during one of our half terms. As the children take time to focus on the importance of one value, it gives them time to reflect, question and understand the meaning behind it and demonstrate and embed the value within the core of their personality.

Our framework for lessons is based upon the three core strands; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world, whilst also combining the RSE statutory aspects of Relationships and Health Education. Through this carefully planned programme, we want children to progress through our school from Nursery to Year 2 having developed an understanding of how to grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through RPHSE, pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We encourage our pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They are given the support to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of the growing up process. With the support and vision from the school, our pupils learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning, not just at school but in their adult life and in the wider world.

Click here to see information from the Department of Education regarding the new RSE Curriculum

RPSHE Curriculum


Click here to read our RPSHE Curriculum Benchmark


Click here to read how we promote and develop SMSC across the curriculum




RPHSE Progression Maps


Click here for Health & Wellbeing

Click here for Living in the Wider World

Click here for Relationships