PSHE and RSE at Acre Heads

Our vision is a PSHE curriculum that is an important, integral component of the whole curriculum. Therefore, we ensure we promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children; preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life. We teach our children about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically; encourage our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment. PSHE enables children to develop the skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.

PSHE – The teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

At Acre Heads, we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lessons across the school, and encourages children to try to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display, activity or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age – and stage -appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

RSE – The teaching of Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term.

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. 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.

Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:

• FS – Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Y1 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Y2 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy
(which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Y3 – How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Y4 – Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
• Y5 – Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Y6 – Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below:

Impact of PSHE at Acre Heads

Through high quality teaching and delivery of the PSHE and RSHE curriculum, our pupils are encouraged to build skills such as empathy, making reasoned arguments, understanding other points of view and discussing issues in a respectful manner, as well as allowing them to develop their discussion skills and present information and views in a respectful and accurate way. We promote the whole child through spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life.

PSHE Journal Example

“I know it is important to respect everyone and live in a diverse community.”

Cara, Year 6

“I like making new friends and working together.”

Rebecca, Year 1

“I want to be a pilot when I’m older because I want to see the world!”

Jack, Year 5

“Medicines and chemicals should be kept away from children, especially babies.”

Beth, Year 2

“Within school, we have a growth mindset and this means we can achieve anything we put our minds to.”

Sam, Year 4

“I like doing exercise and enjoy representing the school at competitions.”

Leo, Year 4
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Those are AMAZING pictures of everyone's families - Jigsaw Jenie looks particularly impressed! Well done, Foundation Stage!😀

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