Relationships Education & Health Education (RHE)

Relationships and Health Education is compulsory in all primary schools.

To ensure that we further promote the personal wellbeing and development of all pupils we have integrated all statutory requirements in our RHE policy and curriculum content.

During the Summer term 2021, parents were introduced to all the new content through an online consultation process. The curriculum queries, opinions, and contributions received during the consultation enabled us to further develop and shape our bespoke curriculum offer.

The policy document and curriculum plans for 2023-24 can be downloaded below together with statutory guidance and supporting information. 

Policy 2023-24
Additional Information
Science Units which deliver statutory Sex & Health Objectives
In accordance with our RSHE policy, we do not teach pupils sex education beyond what is required of the science curriculum. The science units of work that deliver statutory sex and health objectives can be downloaded below and provide the detail of what is taught. 
Heart Smart

To deliver the statutory RSHE & PSHE objectives, we use a range of resources which align closely with the school's Vision and Curriculum for Christ-Likeness.

HeartSmart is a creative resource that we use to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. It equips them with foundational principles, skills, habits and a mindset that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement. Some aspects of Relationships and Health Education, including physical health and fitness, online relationships and internet safety and harms will be delivered through the Physical Education and Computing Curriculum. The statutory elements of sex education are covered as part of the KS2 science curriculum under the topic Animals Including Humans. This area of the curriculum is delivered to pupils in Years 5 & 6 and the planning can be downloaded above. 

HeartSmart is delivered around 6 key topics: 

  • Get Heart Smart

  • Don’t forget to let love in

  • Too much selfie isn’t healthy

  • Don’t rub it in, rub it out

  • Fake is a mistake

  • No way through, isn’t true


Thumbs Up Education
To further promote the personal wellbeing and development of all pupils, Dawpool works in partnership with Thumbs Up Education who deliver a range of programmes throughout the school year, including:
  • Life Skills Programme
  • Emotional Growth Programme
  • Online Communication Programme
These programmes deliver a range of content, including:
  • Self-esteem
  • Effective communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Building resilience
  • Empathy
  • Kindness
  • Breaking negative thought cycles
  • Understanding emotions and feelings
  • Learning to talk about feelings
  • Friendships
  • Find your ‘superpower’
  • Pause button (stopping and thinking before responding)
  • Personal best
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding mindfulness and its benefits
My Happy Mind

In addition to the Thumbs Up Education Programme, Dawpool is proud to be a part of the myHappymind Family!

As a whole school program grounded in science and dedicated to building positive mental wellbeing, myHappymind helps children understand how their brains work and creates a culture that helps to build children's resilience, confidence, and self-esteem. myHappymind also teaches the children how to self-regulate and manage their emotions in stressful times, allowing them to be their very best selves!

Learn more here:

myHappymind Module Descriptions:

  • Meet Your Brain: Understanding how your brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this too.
  • Celebrate: Understanding your unique character strengths and learning to celebrate them. This is a fantastic module for building self- esteem.
  • Appreciate: Understanding why gratitude matters and how you can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to well-being and resilience and we're all about making it a habit!
  • Relate: Understanding why positive relationships matter and how to build them. We're focussed on the building blocks of good relationships and friendships.
  • Engage: Understanding how to set meaningful goals that matter and how to keep resilient in times of challenge. This module is all about building self-esteem and resilience too.

Parents are also able to access My Happy Mind at home using the App. Please contact school for the activation code. Learn more about using My Happy Mind at home via the following link: