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Religious Education


We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE) produced by The Educational Framework for Religious Education in Devon. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children except those who are taken out by their parents. Our teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. It reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. They will also develop their own beliefs and values. They will also be aware that some people have no attachment to religious beliefs and follow secular philosophies.


Religious Education DfE Guidance






At Clyst St Mary Primary School we believe PSHE (personal, social, health and education) plays a vital part in primary education.  PSHE enables our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.  As part of a whole school approach, our aim is to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, successful and productive individuals, family members and members of society.  We aim to prepare them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times (and take these management skills into adulthood).  Our intention is that PSHE will foster pupils’ wellbeing and confidence, helping them to connect their PSHE skills and understanding to all subjects and to practical, real-life situations.  We intend that our PSHE teaching and their ongoing development and understanding in PSHE will help them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.  Furthermore, we aim to provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. 




All our year groups have timetabled PSHE lessons and we use the spiral scheme of work SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) from reception to year 6 to create our PSHE curriculum that ensures progression, development and consolidation of the knowledge, understanding and skills our pupils need.  Please see our overview of PSHE planning below.  These skills are not just taught in isolation, but across the school day in incidental opportunities to support children, in assemblies, school clubs, circle time, visits and trips, community and school events, break times and within other lessons.  Some of our key visits include CAP UK who support us by delivering regular workshops on online and personal safety.  


In our programme (planned and integrated within the school day) we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.  Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures and our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process, including how to affect peaceful changes in society.  




Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.  Children will have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. They will be able to make sense of their own personal and social experiences and will be able to understand and manage their own feelings. 


  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty 

  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school

  • Children will demonstrate understanding of how to keep themselves healthy

  • Children will understand how to keep themselves safe at school, in the community and locality and wider world (including online)

  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with peers, both now and in the future

  • Children will understand the physical and emotional aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level

  • Children will have respect for themselves

  • Children will have positive body images


Children’s progress in PSHE is monitored through the year and these assessments are used to identify further areas of development.  PSHE assessment is measured against the pupil’s own starting points.  Children also reflect on their own PSHE learning to further their own progress and development.


Statutory PSHE and Relationships Education Curriculum (including Parent Consultation)

From September 2020, we are now required to teach Relationships Education as part of our PSHE curriculum.  These documents published by the DfE (Department of Education) can be viewed below.  A Relationships Education policy will be in place by the end of the Spring term and on the website for parents to view.  We will be having a parent consultation about the policy in the Spring term.  High quality Relationships Education in primary schools will be focused on the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults.  The Relationships Education curriculum will be based around these topics: ‘Families and people who care for me’, ‘Caring friendships’, ‘Respectful relationships’, ‘Online relationships’, ‘Being safe’.  If you’d like more information on what Relationships Education will include, please see pages 19 - 22 of the DfE document ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Guidance’ (please note that Relationships and Sex Education is mandatory at secondary level only).



  RSE Topics Covered - Clyst St Mary Primary School

Year R

Me and My Body - Girls and Boys. Growing and Changing - animals

Summer Term

Year 1

Keeping Privates Private

Good or Bad touches

Summer Term

Year 2

The NSPCC Pants Campaign

Talk Pants (Video clips are available online at the NSPCC if parents want to know the content)

Summer Term

Year 3

Body Parts labelling all parts

My Body/Your Body

Body Space

 Autumn Term

Year 4

My changing Body

Summer Term

Year 5

All change

Preparing for periods

My feelings are all over the place

Growing up and changing bodies

 Autumn Term

Year 6

Recap on Puberty/ Sex education / Families/The Law

Is this normal?

Spring Term