At Nightingale Primary School, we deliver a high-quality Relationships Education that teaches the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults.

At Nightingale, our RSE curriculum begins with teaching what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning, we teach our pupils how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration, have compassion and respect. We teach the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy. Our pupils understand what personal space is and they understand the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact. We focus on preparing boys and girls for the changes that adolescence brings and how a baby is conceived and born, which is delivered through our PSHE curriculum during the unit “Changing Me”.

Our intent is that by the time children leave Nightingale, our pupils are prepared for puberty and understand sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene. Pupils will have developed feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy and they can talk positively and respectfully around issues of sexuality and relationships. Our pupils will use the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.