We believe that it is important to work in partnership with parents, and carers, especially when delivering Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Should any parents or carers wish to discuss any area of the PSHE or RSE curriculum, then they are invited to make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher, PSHE/RSE Leader (Mrs Gowers), Phase Leader or the Head Teacher.
PSHE and RSE at Maple Infants' School
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is fundamental in our mission to nurture all children to be:
Successful lifelong learners who love learning, make progress and achieve
Confident individuals who can live safe, happy and active lives
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to their community.
Our PSHE curriculum is delivered using the Jigsaw programme for Primary PSHE, which includes statutory Relationships and Health Education. Our children are given relevant learning experiences to help them to navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.
Term 1: Being Me in My World
Term 2: Celebrating Difference
Term 3: Dreams and Goals
Term 4: Healthy Me
Term 5: Relationships
Term 6: Changing Me
The spiral formation of the planned scheme provides children with the opportunity to regularly review their learning and successfully build on what they already know and understand. This supports all children to make progress throughout each unit. Meeting the needs of individual pupils Additional support for any pupils who may require it, including those with SEND or those who speak English as an additional language, will be made as appropriate by class teachers.
The Puzzles and what children learn
Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’ and most year groups explore the concept of bullying.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries and their dreams for the world.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional Health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical Health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. Children have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to a new school. By the end of Year 2, children can recognise the physical differences between boys and girls. All year groups are taught to appreciate that some parts of our bodies are private. In a sensitive and age-appropriate way, all children are taught about consent and how to recognise and express it. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles.
Meeting the needs of individual pupils The scheme of work for PSHE and RSE is developmental and builds on learning year by year. Additional support for pupils with SEND or those who speak English as an additional language will be made as appropriate by class teachers.
Should you have any further questions about the teaching of PSHE at Maple Infants’ please do speak to the class teacher in the first instance.
Parents and carers are given the opportunity to find out about and discuss PSHE and RSE at Maple Infants’ through: · Parents’/carers’ evenings · Newsletters · Information leaflets/displays · Weekly overviews · School website