PSHE (including RSHE)

PSHE at Sudbourne

At Sudbourne Primary School, we believe that good quality Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is a vital part of our children's everyday learning.  Because of its excellent reputation and truly comprehensive and child-centred approach to PSHE, we use the Jigsaw PSHE programme to teach PSHE, including relationships education and health education.

If you want to see what is taught in each year group, take a look at the document - Jigsaw PSHE Provision Map. It provides an overview of the content of each 'puzzle' (unit of work) and when it is taught.

We really like the approach that Jigsaw takes to PSHE, because it is so much more than a scheme of work.  It provides child-centred personal development to nurture the ‘whole child’ and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice.  It perfectly aligns with our school's values and beliefs about inspiring and empowering our children to flourish through a nurturing, inclusive and fulfilling education.

Jigsaw is also designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practice and enhance the five skills associated with the emotional literacy:

- self-awareness

- social skills

- empathy

- motivation

- managing feelings.

At Sudbourne, we believe that these opportunities are vital for children’s development, their understanding of themselves and others, and in increasing their capacity to learn, and to flourish as individuals.

If you want to know more about the Jigsaw approach, then please read: A Mindful Approach to PSHE

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CONSULTATION ON RSHE CURRICULUM AND POLICY

INTRODUCTION

Recent changes in law mean that all primary schools are now required to teach Relationships and Health Education, including Sex Education.  This is known as RSHE.

The DFE's guide for parents Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child's primary school a guide for parents is very helpful in explaining what schools have to teach by  law to primary children. You can find this on the school website: https://www.sudbourne.com/curriculum/PSHE.

Sudbourne School will be teaching RSHE through our "Jigsaw" Curriculum which we already use to teach PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education).  RSHE is a component of this larger PSHE curriculum. 

THE JIGSAW APPROACH

We really like the approach that Jigsaw takes to PSHE, including RSHE, because it is so much more than a scheme of work.  It provides child-centred personal development to nurture the ‘whole child’ underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice. 

It perfectly aligns with our school's values and beliefs about inspiring and empowering our children to flourish through a nurturing, inclusive and fulfilling education. 

If you want to find out more about Jigsaw, please read their information leaflet for parents The Mindful Approach to PHSE which you can find on the school website: https://www.sudbourne.com/curriculum/PSHE 

THE PSHE AND RSHE CURRICULUM

If you want to know what we teach in PSHE, including RSHE, and when we plan to teach it, you can find this information in the document Jigsaw PSHE Provision Map

It provides an overview of the content of each 'puzzle' (unit of work) and when it is taught.  It is on the school website: https://www.sudbourne.com/curriculum/PSHE

The curriculum is designed to take in to account:

  • Our pupils’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds
  • The values of our school community
  • Every pupil’s learning needs
  • What pupils need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world

WHAT WE TEACH AND WHAT WE DO NOT TEACH

Jigsaw has a very helpful guide outlining the Jigsaw approach to incorporating RSHE in to the PSHE curriculum.  Please do read it to find out more about what we will be teaching and what we will not be teaching.  This is because there is a lot of misinformation in the social media about what primary schools will be teaching, particularly relating to LGBT+ issues.

The guide is called RSHE A Guide for Parents and Carers which you can find on the school website: https://www.sudbourne.com/curriculum/PSHE

Please also read Section 9 of the school's PSHE (including RSHE) Policy.

SUDBOURNE RSHE POLICY

An important document for you to read is Sudbourne School's PSHE (including RSHE) Policy.  The policy is in DRAFT form whilst we consult with parents.  It is important to understand that:

  1. Relationships Education is compulsory for all pupils - see Section 6
  • Relationships Education will be inclusive of all types of family composition
  1. Health Education is compulsory for all pupils - see Section 8
  • Health Education will include learning about puberty and body changes
  1. Sex Education is not compulsory for all pupils - see Section 9
  • Sex education will include learning about conception and birth in human beings
  1. Science Education is compulsory for all pupils.
  • Science education does include teaching about reproduction in mammals, which can include human beings.

Section 9.4 and 9.5 provides detail about what is compulsory and not compulsory learning in Sex Education and Section 13 provides information about parents' right to withdraw/excuse their child from Sex Education.

Sudbourne will be deciding, based on parent and staff consultation, whether aspects about human reproduction will be taught under our Science Curriculum (compulsory) or under our PSHE (including RSHE) Curriculum (not compulsory). 

We encourage you to complete the Parent Engagement Survey about RSHE as this forms the basis of our consultation with you. 

RECOMMENDED READING

All these documents can be found on the school website:

https://www.sudbourne.com/curriculum/PSHE 

  1. Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents (DFE)
  2. RSHE A guide for Parents and Carers (Jigsaw)
  3. PSHE (including RSHE) Provision Map (Jigsaw)
  4. Including and Valuing All Children - What does Jigsaw Teach about LGBTQ Relationships (Jigsaw)
  5. Sudbourne School PSHE (including RSHE) Policy (draft)

 

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