Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.
Here, at Clapham Manor Primary School, we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.
We teach the above content through the Jigsaw PSHE Programme, which offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.
We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education (RHE) within our whole-school PSHE Programme.
To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to children’s needs. The mapping document: Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education (see link below) 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 covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. 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.
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.
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding
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
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss
Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change
The DfE Guidance 2019 (p.23) recommends that all primary schools ‘have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils.
However, ‘Sex Education is not compulsory in primary schools’. (p. 23)
Schools are to determine the content of sex education at primary school. Sex education ‘should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born’.
At Clapham Manor Primary School, we believe children should understand the facts about human reproduction before they leave primary school. Puberty remains a statutory part of the Health Education curriculum. At our school, puberty and gestation is taught in Year 5 through the Animals, Including Humans topic.
We define Sex Education as understanding human reproduction, as well as teaching pupils about developing healthy sexuality and we intend to teach this as part of PSHE.
“Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory Relationships and Sex Education” DfE Guidance p.17.
At Clapham Manor Primary School, puberty is taught as a statutory requirement of Health Education and covered by our Jigsaw PSHE Programme in the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (unit). We conclude that sex education refers to Human Reproduction, and therefore inform parents of their right to request their child be withdrawn from the PSHE lessons that explicitly teach this i.e. the Jigsaw Changing Me Puzzle (unit) e.g.
Year 4, Lesson 2 (Having a baby)
Year 5, Lesson 4 (Conception)
Year 6, Lesson 3 (Conception, birth)
Parents have the right to know what is taught in our school and when it is taught. Therefore, Jigsaw has created ‘Jigsaw Parent Access’. This gives you access to the content that your child is being taught in PSHE lessons and is available a half term in advance. You will need to firstly contact your child’s class teacher, who will provide you with a username and password to access this content online. Paper copies are also available on request. After you have requested and reviewed this information from the class teacher, if you would then like to have a further conversation about the RSE curriculum, please arrange a meeting with Ms Lancaster via the school office.