At Malvern Primary School, our RSE curriculum is firmly embedded within our PHSE curriculum.
Jigsaw: The mindful approach to PHSE.
Through our curriculum, we strive to provide our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes our pupil need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society, demonstrating their British values and incorporating elements of their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.
Primary schools in England are required to teach Social, Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education ..
Relationships & Sex Education
An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum is delivered through the ‘Changing Me’ unit of work. The Changing Me Unit focuses learning in the following areas:
Reception: Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies.
Year 1: Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts.
Year 2: Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
Year 3: How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older. Introduction to puberty and menstruation.
Year 4: Internal and external reproductive body parts. Recap about puberty and menstruation. Conception explained in simple terms.
Year 5: Puberty for boys and girls in more detail including the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adolescent. Conception explained in simple biological terms.
Year 6: Puberty for boys and girls revisited. Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. Becoming a teenager. All lessons are taught using correct terminology, child-friendly language and diagrams.
There are four main aims of teaching RSE:
- To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
- To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
- To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
- To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), this information with be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.