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RSE (Time to Talk)

RSE at Gateway Primary School


RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) at Gateway Primary School gives the children the confidence and growth mindset to explore their feelings in different situations. In years 1-6 we teach RSE explicitly through weekly 30 minute ‘Time to Talk’ sessions in class but also through the way we treat each other and through learning from life experiences (both our own and those of other people). These skills are planned to build every year as they progress up the school. In EYFS children are taught through PSED (Personal, social, emotional development) where a child's learning focusses daily on wellbeing and feeling good about themselves as well as navigating friendships.  As a school we have chosen our core values to be Resilience, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Team work (RESPECT) inline with our Commando Joes character education curriculum.  These values are reflected on during weekly whole school assemblies.



As a school we also teach and use the Zones of Regulation which work alongside the RSE curriculum. We use the zones as a whole school approach to help children identify what emotion they are feeling and use a visual representation to show this in class.  We work with our children to help them understand al emotions and how it can make our body feel. We teach them that no emotion is a bad emotion. For more information about the Zones of regulation THE ZONES OF REGULATION: A SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PATHWAY TO REGULATION - Welcome


RSE at Gateway offers children an opportunity to:

  • Develop self-esteem and confidence - having opportunities to share good qualities and personality traits, as well as being able to learn from times where they weren’t as successful.
  • Promote a growth mindset and an ‘I can’ attitude.
  • Be able to use the zones of regulation to determine how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way and what coping mechanisms are available to them.
  • To have the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives

To become informed, active and responsible citizens.

 Grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities.



RSE lessons at Gateway allow children to:

  • Speak and share in a safe space with their peers and trusted adults
  • Be open when communicating about their experiences and emotions.
  • Understand the importance of keeping healthy.
  • Gives the children the tools to remain safe online by considering influences and decision making.
  • Discuss and reflect on the impact of theirs and other actions.
  • Know about growing up and changing bodes in an age appropriate way which will empower them to remain safe.
  • To know what different relationships may look like and what is/isn’t appropriate.
  • Help our children to be prepared for the wider world by teaching them about money, career aspirations and becoming more responsible and accountable.




Our framework for RSE embeds the three strands — health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, as well as the statutory aspects of the Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education guidance

What are the different zones?

RSE information letter to parents

RSE in primary schools - guide for parents