• Provide pupils with accurate and relevant knowledge
  • Give opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • Give opportunities to explore, clarify, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
  • To give skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

At Hiltingbury Junior School we structure our PDL curriculum around 3 core themes:

  • Health and well being
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World.

Through Quality First Teaching we support children across KS2 to develop their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Their own identity: their personal qualities, attitudes, skills attributes and achievements and what influences these
  • Relationships (including different types and in different settings and including Sex and Relationships Education)
  • A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)
  • Risk (to be managed rather than simply avoided) and safety (including behaviour and drug misuse – strategies in different settings)
  • Diversity and Equality (in all its forms)
  • Rights, responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
  • Change (as something to be managed) and Resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
  • Power (how it used and encountered in a variety of context including persuasion. Bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
  • Career (including enterprise and economic understanding)


At Hiltingbury we currently follow the Channel 4 ‘Living and Growing’ programme, adapting it to fit into our Long Term Planning for PDL.

Year 5 children learn how changes at puberty affect the body in relation to hygiene, and how to cope with periods in school. They are made aware that body changes are a preparation for sexual maturity, they learn how babies are made and born and they are encouraged to discuss and ask questions about changing bodily needs.

Year 6 children begin to understand in more details about the emotional side of SRE. They learn about human sexuality and that it is expressed in different ways, understand what it means and have some words to describe it. They appreciate different ways of loving and its importance to a range of relationships. They are taught and are able to discuss ways of coping with difficult emotions, fears and worries. They know that it is they who decides who has access to their bodies, demonstrating an understanding that some physical contact is unacceptable. Y6 children also learn about good parenting and of the importance of loving, responsibility and honesty in relationships.