St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School

Founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential

Curriculum and Vision


Through FAITH, as a FAMILY we aspire to grow. Thriving for all our FUTURES, enabling us to FLOURISH individually  and as a community


For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future

Jerimiah 29:11


SMFR Vision

Our School Prayer

Please visit our class pages for curriculum overviews and homework sheets.  


Look at our Target Tracker page to view expectations for each year group

Dr Tom introduced us to four Gem Powers which help us to be kind, stay focused, bounce back, have courage & be resilient:

Relationships Education


SMFR is a Church of England Primary School therefore we deliver a curriculum in line with our ethos & national guidance:

  1. Science: as per the National Curriculum (see link below)
  2. Relationships Education: through PHSE curriculum using SCARF scheme (see details below)
  3. Optional sex education Year 6: details are shared with parents prior to this optional session. Sex education is NOT taught in other years.


Please read the information below. If in doubt please come and speak with us.


‘The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education’ Department of education.'

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)


There is a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) are critical to ensuring children are effective learners. 


To ensure we deliver a effective PSHE programme & cover DfE Relationships Education and Health Education requirements we use SCARF


Centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, SCARF  promotes positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.

PHSE language is used in accordance with all other guidance. As a primary school we do not teach sex education. We do however name body parts scientifically, in accordance with the science national curriculum.

Relationship Education Policy

Q: Will my child be taught sex education at primary? This is too young.


A: We are not introducing compulsory sex education at primary school.


We are introducing Relationships Education at primary, to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. This will start with family and friends, how to treat each other with kindness, and recognising the difference between online and offline friendships.


Some primary schools choose to teach sex education (which goes beyond the existing national curriculum for science), and in those instances we recommend you discuss this with the school to understand what they propose to teach and how. If you continue to have concerns, you have an automatic right to withdraw your child from these lessons.


SMFR does NOT choose to teach sex education which goes beyond the existing national curriculum for science


Q: Does the new Relationships Education and RSE curriculum take account of my faith?


A: The subjects are designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain.


In all schools, when teaching these subjects, the religious background of pupils must be taken into account when planning teaching, so that topics are appropriately handled. Schools with a religious character can build on the core content by reflecting their beliefs in their teaching.


In developing these subjects, we have worked with a number of representative bodies and faith organisations, representing all the major faith groups in England. Several faith organisations produce teaching materials that schools can choose to use.


SMFR is a Church of England school. However the children & adults within it come from a variety of faiths or none at all. We respect this in all that we do.


Q: Do I have a right to withdraw my child from Relationships and Sex Education?


A: Parents will have a right to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 - the legal age of sexual consent.


There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.


As SMFR is a primary school there is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education. We do not teach sex education, until Year 6 where the lesson is optional.


Q: Will these subjects promote LGBTQIA relationships?


A: No, these subjects don’t ‘promote’ anything, they educate.


Pupils should be taught about the society in which they are growing up. These subjects are designed to foster respect for others and for difference, and educate pupils about healthy relationships. RSE should meet the needs of all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or identity – this should include age-appropriate teaching about different types of relationships in the context of the law.


Pupils should receive teaching on LGBTQIA relationships during their school years - we expect secondary schools to include LGBTQIA content. Primary schools are enabled and encouraged to cover LGBTQIA content if they consider it age appropriate to do so, but there is no specific requirement for this. This would be delivered, for example, through teaching about different types of family, including those with same sex parents.


SMFR content on LGBTQIA is only through teaching about different types of family, including those with same sex parents. This is approached with the school ethos in mind, including attributes that we expect all children & adults to display, such as, respect, tolerance, kindness.



"I find the reading method to be excellent. Overall the way school is managed shows you care

about children. Keep up the good work" - Parent Survey Nov 2018

St Mary’s Farnham Royal a community founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential