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Year 4

Relationships and Sex Education – Year 4

This plan includes the PSHE [Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education] lessons which for this term covers RSE [Relationships and Sex Education]. This is a working plan – some aspects may be updated.

PSHE lessons have a blue background.

Lessons that can be withdrawn from have a purple background.

Lessons that can be withdrawn from include aspects of puberty. They can be withdrawn from by arranging a meeting with Mrs Barnes, following the school’s RSE policy.

If you have any questions or clarifications, please let the school know by emailing the school office or through messaging us on Class Dojo.





Objectives covered

Title of lesson and aspects included


Resources (other than PowerPoints)







Yr4 Only

  • That families are important…
  • Characteristics of healthy family life…
  • Families either in school or the wider world…
  • Recognising who to trust and not trust…
  • Practical steps to improve and support respectful relationships…
  • Recognise how to talk about emotions…
  • How to judge whether the feelings are appropriate  and proportionate…
  • Key facts about puberty…

My feelings are all over the place

  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional needs
  • Feelings
  • Puberty
  • Positive relationships
  • Respect
  • Circle time
  • Make a list of potential conflicts
  • Hot seat activity (teacher in role)

A hat







Yr4 Only


This lesson can be withdrawn from

  • How to report concerns of abuse…
  • Key facts about puberty…

All change!

  • Puberty
  • Positive relationships
  • Body parts (including vulva, vagina, ovaries, eggs, womb, clitoris, labia, breasts, penis, testicles, sperm, pubic hair)
  • Introduce that we are going to explain to an alien the similarities and differences between male and female bodies
  • Labelling body outlines with what they know
  • Introduce a simple definition of puberty being the change from a child’s body to an adult’s
  • Ordering animals based on when they can reproduce

Body outlines

Animal cards







Yr4 Only

  • Key facts about puberty…
  • Menstrual wellbeing and cycle…

Preparing for periods

  • Personal hygiene
  • Positive relationships
  • Puberty
  • Menstruation
  • Wet dreams
  • Watch menstrual cycle video and allow children to ask questions
  • Explain about sanitary products
  • Quiz – true or false

Boys go off with Mr Clarke

GIRLS: Using the ask-it basket, the girls can anonymously ask questions that can be discussed as a group and move on to wet dreams.

BOYS: Boys can ask questions about periods and also recap the male reproductive organs and wet dreams.

Ask-it basket (girls)

Sanitary products

Period quiz







Yr4 Only

  • Families either in school or the wider world…
  • Stable, caring relationships…
  • Marriage represents a formal and legally recognised commitment…
  • How important friendships are…


  • Positive Relationships
  • LGBT+
  • Discuss what happens at the end of fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast.
  • Marriage
  • Together Activity Sheet

Together Activity Sheet






Whole class

  • Normal range of emotions…
  • Recognising and talking about emotions…
  • Where and how to seek support…

Moving house

  • Feelings
  • Growth Mindset
  • Loss
  • Dealing with Change
  • Warm up circle game
  • Sam Moves House story
  • Discuss story
  • Children create a learning line.

Sam Moves House story