PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is an integral and key aspect of the teaching, learning and ethos at our school. Our PSHE curriculum is designed to ensure the children are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships. Growing up in a world that is not only continuingly changing but becoming an ‘online’ civilization, it is essential that we equip children with the necessary skills to become resilient, caring and respectful young people. At Stoke Bishop Primary School, we believe in providing our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.
Jigsaw is a whole school approach, with every child exploring the same theme each term. The lessons are designed to help children’s emotional literacy skills, build self-esteem and nurture their mental and physical health. We believe that our PSHE curriculum is also integral to other curriculum areas (English, History, RE, PE, Geography) and not taught purely through an isolated approach. These other themes are regularly reviewed and planned carefully to ensure current social topics are taught sensitively and help contribute significantly to children’s social and emotional development. The Jigsaw themes are as follows:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within our curriculum is paramount. We want our children to be safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. We value the contributions from external agencies such as the NSPCC to help support the safeguarding of our children and our PSHE curriculum delivery.
RSHE – Relationships, Sex and Health Education
The Changing Me Puzzle includes, in every year group, two or three lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work; obviously, the younger year groups are not looking at these issues directly and explicitly, but rather learning correct terminology for body parts and doing the foundation work for learning that will follow in later year groups. The Years 5 and 6 lessons look more fully at puberty and reproduction. This is in line with the expectations for Science in the National Curriculum.
On Wednesday 4th March 2020, the parents of Stoke Bishop Church of England Primary School were invited to attend a parent consultation on the new 2020 statutory requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) in the primary curriculum. Parents, Carers and Governors had the opportunity to explore the PSHE programme ‘Jigsaw’ and view the RSE content and coverage for each year group. The school’s RSHE Policy was shared and available for parents to comment on. There was lots of time for discussion and for parents to reflect on the online world that children are now growing up in. It was fantastic to see so many parents there including those from our different religious communities.
Any useful documents from the sessions can be found at the bottom of this page, including our RSHE policy and any supporting material.
‘Very informative session. Very useful to see how and what will be delivered to the children and at what stage. It was nice to be included in their learning journey.’
‘Thanks – great session. Really interesting and I think this is all vital for the kids understanding and development. My kids enjoy Jigsaw sessions and now I feel better informed about what is covered.’
‘Great to introduce ‘Science’ concepts from early age. Good reminders to teach young children correct names for body parts. I liked the videos and how the children would see them in a progressive way.’
‘Excellent session – thank you! Seems very positive to start to provide age appropriate info rather than starting in year 5 when children have been asking questions since reception – less disconnect between questions at home and school.’
‘Really helpful overview and interesting to see the materials which will be used. Nice to have the opportunity to chat with other parents too. Thank you!’
‘Really good. Well delivered. Thorough, informative, light hearted and funny.’
A consultation will take place on a yearly basis where parents and carers will have the opportunity to view the materials and talk to members of staff, Governors and representatives from St Mary’s Church.
Policies and Supporting Documents