Personal, Social and Health Education / Relationship and Sexual Education
PSHE/RSE Curriculum Intent
“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” Dalai Lama.
“Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” Desmond Tutu.
At All Saints School, we use Jigsaw as a whole school approach to deliver Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) as well as Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Jigsaw offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought through scheme of work that brings both consistency and progression to our children’s learning whilst supporting our school vision: Together we Aspire, Believe, Explore, Achieve. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental health (including mindfulness) whilst developing the ‘whole’ child morally, socially and spiritually. The Jigsaw approach enables children to identify their feelings and emotions and regulate their own behaviour. Through our PSHE curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, respect and understand who they are and empower them with a voice to equip them for modern life so they can make a meaningful contribution to society.
The curriculum at All Saints School strives to enable all our children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish. In the Early Years, personal, social and emotional development is a prime area and is part of each child’s continuous provision. Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, PSHE (Jigsaw) is mostly delivered in weekly sessions; however some units are delivered in blocks. There are six Jigsaw puzzles (termly units) designed so that the whole school can study the same learning themes at the same time, at their own level. The ‘puzzles’ are sequential and developmental throughout each academic year.
The six themes are as follows:
- Being me in my world includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community
- Celebrating difference includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
- Dreams and Goals includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
- Healthy me includes drug and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
- Relationships includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills
- Changing me this includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change
Sometimes external agencies engage with our pupils to consolidate and extend their learning e.g. Junior Citizen and IMPS (Injury Minimization Programme for Schools)
Although RSHE is a common theme, explored in most puzzles, sex education is predominantly taught in puzzle 6 ‘Changing Me’.
“Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.”
“This is why we have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England…as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.”
Secretary of State Foreword DfE Guidance 2019 p.4-5
PSHE education helps pupils to aspire, believe, explore and achieve their academic potential and develop the social skills they will need in later life. Our RSHE curriculum promotes safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships and provides the children with honest and accurate information so that they can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health in ways that are age appropriate. It fosters gender and LGBT+ equality and challenges all forms of discrimination.
By the time children leave us for secondary school, they will have an enthusiasm and willingness to face new challenges; an understanding of how to push themselves, to be resilient and to persevere; they will have high self-esteem and show respect for the rights and feelings of others in our diverse society; they will have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe, healthy and develop positive relationships as they become valued local and global citizens.
How can I support my child with PSHE?
- Make time for your child to discuss and explore the issues raised in PSHE and RSHE lessons.
- Show an interest and be prepared to talk honestly about the issues raised in PSHE and RSHE lessons and extend the learning experiences of your child.
- Use subject and age appropriate language whenever possible.
- Be positive, honest and non-discriminatory.
- Parents and carers are vital role models to the children at All Saints: always try to lead by example and show your children the kind of person you want them to be.