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 our 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 increasingly reliant on the online culture, it is essential that we equip children with the necessary skills to become resilient young people.
As many of you are aware, from September 2020 Personal, Social and Health Education and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) will become statutory in all schools.
Last year, we began implementing the PSHE Programme across our school called ‘Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE’.
The lessons have continued to build on the children’s emotional literacy, self-esteem and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other and the world in a positive and healthy way. We are sure you will have heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time.
Jigsaw is a whole school approach, with every child exploring the same theme each term. The themes are as follows:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
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.
As the materials are new and original, we will be inviting you to attend a session in Term 4 in which we will give you a transparent and comprehensive picture of what we are planning to teach in which year groups and view our RSE policy. The current overviews for each year group can be found on class pages, in the Curriculum section.
In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions please contact Mrs Melton via the school office.