JIGSAW - PSHE & RSE
From September 2020, the teaching of relationships and sex education (RSE) will become statutory for all schools. This forms part of the wider personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum and at Fir Ends we will be developing this aspect of our provision over the coming 12 months, in readiness for the 2020 change in RSE's status.
To ensure that our curriculum is consistent and creates a 'spiral' from EYFS to Year 6, we will introduce the JIGSAW scheme throughout the school.
Below, you can find out a little more about what the scheme involves.
Hard copies are also available for parents to read onsite in the school office.
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
covers a wide range of areas, from how to become more resilient to dealing with fallouts between friends; the issues associated with drug abuse to what smoking does to lungs; how to make healthy food choices to the importance of exercise in maintaining positive mental health.
Many aspects of this are delivered within other learning activities, or through play - and day-to-day there are always ad-hoc opportunities for staff to provide input in all of these areas.
As we introduce the JIGSAW scheme, there will be targeted sessions, following a termly cycle. These will begin with a whole school assembly on a theme followed by age-appropriate activities in classrooms linked to this.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
is currently (June 2019) a non-statutory component of the curriculum. This means schools can decide whether to teach it.
Fir Ends School decided in 2016 that we would teach a number of aspects of RSE, as we felt that it was important to ensure that children understood issues related to it and how to stay safe in an ever-changing world. For the youngest children, this focuses on vocabulary and, as children approach puberty, we provide more information on how their bodies are/will change. The current RSE policy is here.
From September 2020, RSE will become a statutory component of the curriculum, which means all schools will have to teach it. JIGSAW includes a number of RSE themes and activities, which develop pupil understanding from EYFS onwards.
RELATIONSHIPS coverage includes reference to the wide range of relationships that we may encounter in society.
Different family situations and models will be included in session materials and the vocabulary relevant to LGBTQ will be covered.
This ensures that pupils from all family backgrounds feel included in society, and helps to remove stigmas that may be associated with not being part of a 'nuclear family' model.
Covering the language associated with the LGBTQ community also helps to ensure that children are able to understand the broad meaning of these terms and use them appropriately.
In all instances, the focus is on raising awareness of the different life choices available to, and made by, people in British society.