Relationship, Sex and Health Education


At Thorn Grove we want all children to thrive as individuals, family members and as active participants in society by fostering an inclusive community were people feel valued and respected. We believe that good relationships are fundamental to our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. Our intent is to provide a Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Relationship and Health Education (RHE) curriculum that provides opportunities for students to reflect on their own values and attitudes and explore alternative and sometimes conflicting values held by their peers in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our aim is to help prepare all children for their future by ensuring they develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to live healthy, safe and responsible lives. We want all pupils to be responsible members of society who demonstrate respect and tolerance and who are prepared to face and manage the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing modern Britain.


At Thorn Grove we follow the SCARF PSHE and RHE programme. This is a whole school approach that provides a framework of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6. Nursery and Reception also follow the Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’. SCARF's whole-school approach promotes positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement, ensuring we meet the DfE RSHE statutory requirements. SCARF is based on five core values: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship 

It is centred on a values based, ‘Growth Mindset’ approach and is divided into six half termly units. The units are tailored to each year group under the following themes:

  • Me and my relationships (Includes feelings /emotions /conflict / resolution friendships)
  • Valuing difference (Includes British Values focus) 
  • Keeping Myself Safe (Includes aspects of relationship education) 
  • Rights and Responsibilities (Includes money / living in the wider world / environment) 
  • Being my Best (Includes keeping healthy / growth mindset / goal setting / achievement) 
  • Growing and Changing (Includes RHE related topics) 

SCARF lessons are carefully planned as part of a spiral curriculum, covering all subjects which are comprehensively matched to the new Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education statutory guidance (RSHE). The SCARF values are brought to life through stories, songs and films of Harold the giraffe and his friends. SCARF also provides a strong foundation for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) and development. The RHE curriculum is mapped out in the progression grids for PSHE and is also delivered through the science curriculum, which ensures coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children.

Every teacher has access to SCARF online resources, which include lesson plans and additional resources to support sessions.

Monitoring of the PSHE curriculum is carried out by the PSHE coordinator and leadership team, using the following methods: • Learning walks • Evidence in floor books • Staff questionnaires • Pupil discussions • Annual meeting with the link governor

To enrich and enhance our PSHE curriculum we also provide additional activities, support and opportunities for our children at Thorn Grove. We also take part in national events which promote wellbeing. This includes:

  • Attending the Life Education Bus. This is an engaging and memorable PSHE Education workshops which covers a range of age appropriate topics such as healthy eating, drugs (legal and illegal), friendships and the body.
  • Weekly assemblies which cover a range of topics, including British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • Health and Happiness week which also incorporates anti-bullying week.
  • Children’s mental health week
  • E-safety
  • A Lunch time chill out club run by the SENDCO
  • School ambassadors. Two children from each class are selected to represent and support the class. The children attend half termly meetings which focus on the school community and wellbeing. The ambassadors also run a wellbeing club each week.
  • We have a school counsellor who attends every Friday to provide additional support to children


By the time the children leave our school, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society and will provide them with a good foundation in:

  • Becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • Appreciating difference and diversity
  • Applying their skills and knowledge to help guide themselves through modern life
  • Recognising and applying the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • Understanding and regulating their emotions
  • Looking after their mental health and well-being
  • Developing positive, healthy relationships and showing respect for themselves and others