Through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), we aim to encourage the children at Esh Winning Primary School to:
- Stay safe
- Be healthy
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic wellbeing
In order for us to achieve this, we will promote self-esteem, responsibility, relationships, respect and being a part of different communities.
The personal and social development of pupils means supporting them as they develop from dependent children, to independent young people. In order for this transformation to take place, we as a school need to promote the personal qualities, skills, attitudes and values which enable individuals to think and act for themselves, manage relationships, understand moral issues and accept and understand rights and responsibilities.
Staff at Esh Winning Primary School follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme, which fulfils all the requirements for the statutory Relationships and Health Education curriculum (as announced by the Department for Education in England in 2019, as implemented from September 2020). Jigsaw goes even further than this and provides a spiral and progressive comprehensive programme in which the statutory elements sit and are embraced. Staff will also respond to children’s personal and social issues as well as any issues or known topics in the local area as and when they arise.
Our PSHE & RSHE half termly themes are:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
Relationships & Sex Education
An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term.
There are four main aims of teaching RSHE:
- To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
- To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
- To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
- To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. Sensitive and controversial issues are certain to arise in learning from real-life experience. Staff are prepared to handle issues arising from the work in these units; they will manage them sensitively and to follow up appropriately any disclosures made in a group or individual setting. Issues that we may address which are likely to be sensitive and controversial could include those that may:
- Have a political, social or personal impact
- Deal with values and beliefs including family lifestyles and values
- Physical and medical issues
- Financial issues
- Bullying and bereavement
Teachers will take all reasonable, practical steps to ensure that, where sensitive or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views. Teachers will adopt strategies that seek to avoid bias on their part and will teach pupils how to recognise bias and evaluate evidence. Teachers will seek to establish a classroom climate in which all pupils are free from any fear of expressing reasonable points of view that contradict those held either by their class teachers or their peers.
Below is a summary of RSHE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:
- Foundation Stage – Growing up; how we have changed since we were babies
- Year 1 – Our bodies; naming body parts
- Year 2 – Our bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
- Year 3 – How babies grow and how our bodies change as they grow older
- Year 4 – Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
- Year 5 – Puberty and conception
- Year 6 – Puberty and understanding conception to birth of a baby
Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please contact Miss Burns.