1st Edition

Big Picture RSHE Ready-Made Analogies and Practical Activities for Relationships, Sex and Health Education in the Primary Classroom

By Sophie Manning, Yoan Reed Copyright 2024
    148 Pages 65 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    148 Pages 65 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    How are families like trees? How are children like caterpillars?

    Containing age-appropriate analogies for key Relationships, Sex and Health Education topics, this book provides carefully constructed, memorable metaphors for teaching some of the trickiest concepts around relationships and sexual development.

    Each toolkit opens with a story that draws comparisons between a common childhood experience and a conceptual RSHE topic. Learners are supported in breaking down the analogy, comparing each part of the familiar story to a new concept. Knowledge is deepened with matching games, extension activities and teaching tips.

    The book includes:

    • Ready-made toolkits for the classroom
    • Printable activities to engage learners
    • Cross-curricular extension activities within each toolkit to support and enhance lesson plans
    • Clear teaching notes with advice for inclusive and accessible delivery that considers learners’ lived experiences

    Crafted by RSHE experts, this off-the-shelf resource offers RSHE teachers, PSHE departments and other educators a thread of consistency across curricula to deliver a seamless learning experience in Key Stage Two and beyond. These skillfully crafted and age-appropriate metaphors are the perfect way to neutralise awkwardness, engage cross-curricular thinking and make learning stick.

    Part 1: About this resource and its context

    A. What is Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at primary level?

    B. What is Big Picture RSHE?

    C. Why use Big Picture RSHE?

    D. Who is this resource for?

    E. How do analogies support learning in RSHE?

    F. Is the resource relevant in my context?

    Part 2: How to use this resource?

    A. How do I use the toolkits?

    B. Things to consider when using this resource

    C. Step-by-step guide to using the toolkits

    Part 3: What topics are included?

    Part 4: The toolkits

    1. FAMILIES: Families and people who care for me

    2. FRIENDSHIPS: Healthy friendships


    4. MAKING FRIENDS ONLINE: Digital relationships

    5. WHAT YOU FIND ONLINE: Appropriate online content

    6. RESPECTING ALL GENDERS: Gender equality

    7. SECRET OR SURPRISE: Voicing concerns

    8. CHOOSING FOR MY BODY: Boundaries

    9. MY AMAZING BODY: Private body parts

    10. CHANGING BODIES: Puberty

    11. WET DREAMS: Nocturnal emissions

    12. PERIODS: Menstruation

    13. LOVE: Romantic relationships

    14. HOW A BABY IS MADE: Reproduction

    15. WHY PEOPLE HAVE SEX: Sexual activity


    Sophie Manning is an impact investor and CEO coach, helping charity leaders to move the needle on social injustice in the UK. She is the parent of two young boys and co-author of Sex Ed on the Cards, a game which aims to change the conversation around sex, bodies, consent and relationships.

    Yoan Reed is an independent RSE consultant with more than 25 years of experience working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Comprehensive Sexuality Education both domestically and internationally. She is the founder of Teaching Lifeskills, providing RSE and training in educational settings and the co-founder of Outspoken Sex Ed, a CIC promoting parental engagement in RSE.

    Big Picture RSHE is a very clear, empowering and comprehensive set of resources. They are rooted in high-quality research, practical teaching and an educational philosophy that prepares and educates children very well indeed.”

    Naomi Leaver, Executive Headteacher, Robinsfield George Eliot Federation Westminster London

    “This really is a superb resource for primary schools. Big Picture RSHE is easy to read and use – clearly identifying the topics that are being covered, with detail that is thorough and manageable and with the added flexibility to introduce, consolidate or assess knowledge. The structure of the toolkits gives the children familiarity and a route to fully deepen their understanding of the topic. The resource has been created in a fun, sensitive way and the use of analogies is brilliant, making it accessible and relatable to children. It will undoubtedly promote discussion and participation in the classroom.”

    Natalie Brown, Assistant Head, Pastoral and PSHEE Lead, Hilden Grange School Tonbridge