This school year we have been implementing the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme across our school called Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE.
The lessons since September, have built 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 ad healthy way. We are sure you will have heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time.
The Summer Term Puzzles (units) are about Relationships (unit 1) and Changing Me (unit 2).
The Changing Me Puzzle includes, in every year group, 2 or 3 lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work and 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 later year groups. The Years 5 and 6 lessons look more fully at puberty and human reproduction.
As the materials are new, we warmly invite you to review the content being taught in the information below.
We hope you will be in agreement with us that this work is vitally important for children, that it needs to be done age-appropriately and that the Jigsaw Programme gives us a secure framework in which to do this.
However, we do as always want to work in partnership with parents and carers, and also wish to inform you of your legal right to withdraw your children from some aspects of this work. The government is making Relationships Education and Health Education statutory for all primary schools from September 2020 (see DFE guidance below).
If you have any questions regarding this RSE teaching, please do contact school.