PSHE and RSE
At Summerseat Methodist Primary School, we recognise the value of PSHE within our curriculum as it enables our children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, both in the present and in the future. We use the scheme 'Jigsaw' to support the teaching of our PSHE curriculum which includes Relationships, Health and Sex Education. In addition to PSHE and RSE lessons, all children have access to Pastoral support to further demonstrate the importance of positive mental health. As outlined in the policy, parents have the right to withdraw their child from the Sex Education lessons (Conception and Pregnancy sessions in Year 6) but not from Relationships Education from Reception - Year 6.
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education announced changes to Relationships and Sex education following nationwide consultation in 2019. The statutory guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.
The mapping document: Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education, shows exactly how Jigsaw and therefore our school, meets the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements. This programme’s complimentary update policy ensures we are always using the most up to date teaching materials and that our teachers are well-supported.
Jigsaw also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.
In order to support mixed age teaching, we teach each year groups content biannually, in 2023/24 we will be teaching Year 1, 3 and 5 and in 2024/25, Year 2, 4, and 6. At times, we might pull resources and activities from across the two year groups at the same time to ensure age appropriate delivery. This does not apply for the 'Changing Me' unit, for which children will be separated into their individual year groups. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.
Term Puzzle (Unit) Content
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society
Spring 2: Healthy Me Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise
Summer 1: Relationships Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss
Summer 2: Changing Me Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change
Alongside the Jigsaw materials, we also use ‘No Outsiders’ and ‘Think Equal’ to deepen our understanding of equality in school.
We have a range of other experiences which further enhance spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences within school.
We firmly believe that a meaningful PSHE and RSE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults.
We hope you find the documents below useful. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.