Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education 

Positive mental health and its promotion run through both the curriculum and our ethos at Lingfield. We aim to educate and support our pupils to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to be responsible and contributing members of the community.

Through assemblies, circle times, dedicated PSHE lessons, wellbeing afternoons and workshops, children learn about all aspects of emotional and physical health, real life issues, humanity, diversity and citizenship. We explore compassion, empathy and the importance and power of asking for help. We show children it is natural and normal to experience some very complex and overwhelming thoughts and feelings at their age, and we look at techniques and skills for interpreting and managing both what they see happening in the world and what they feel happening in themselves.

We encourage weekly reflective journaling to allow time for pupils to think about their highlights, challenges and achievements.

Sex and Relationships Education

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is part of the PSHE curriculum, although aspects are often covered in other subjects, such as Science or Drama. The focus is on exploring the characteristics of positive, healthy, caring and respectful relationships with friends, family and other children and adults, as well as preparing our pupils for the physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty. Teachers create a safe environment where no one should feel embarrassed or anxious and where confidentiality is respected.   

Key Stage 1

Pupils learn:

  • growth, change and lifecycles

  • where babies come from

  • the main parts of the body including external genitalia

  • the importance of families and friends

  • different types of relationships

  • how to make choices and their possible consequences 

  • how to manage conflict, such as resolving a playground dispute 

  • moral dilemmas and how to solve them

Key Stage 2

Pupils learn:

  • the physical differences between boys and girls

  • how humans reproduce

  • how babies are born

  • the physical and emotional changes that occur at puberty

  • the changing nature of relationships during puberty and different types of relationships 

  • respect for their own bodies and the bodies of others

  • the importance of family life

  • building positive relationships with others, involving trust and respect 

  • how to make choices and their possible consequences

  • how to manage conflict

  • moral dilemmas and how to solve them, including strategies to avoid peer pressure and how to say ‘no’