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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

Jigsaw informationTo deliver a well-balanced, creative and ambitious RSE and PSHE curriculum that promotes the development of the holistic child and meets the needs of every child here at Brookland Infants and Nursery School, we have recently adopted JIGSAW as our chosen scheme.


Intent– Why do we teach PSHE?

PSHE helps to develop emotional literacy, mindfulness, builds resilience and supports children’s mental and physical wellbeing, in turn supporting emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Implementation – How do we teach PSHE?

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same Puzzle piece (lesson) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle piece to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

PSHE is taught weekly and accessing the Jigsaw scheme allows consistency across the whole school. The themes of Being Me, Celebrating difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me are revisited progressively every year to allow the children to recall and build upon previous learning. The children will follow specific lesson focuses in each lesson, including Connect Us, Calm Me, Open My Mind, Tell Me or Show Me, Let Me Learn and Help Me Reflect. The lessons are delivered in an age- and stage- appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

New Statutory Relationships and Health Education September 2020

From September 2020 the Department for Education has made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools.

Parents’ rights to withdraw a child from SRE Section 405 of the Education Act 1996 enables parents to withdraw their children from sex education, other than the sex education that is in the National Curriculum (e.g. Biological aspects of human growth and reproduction which are essential elements of the Science National Curriculum).

At Brookland Infant and Nursery school we teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education through our Jigsaw scheme of work, fulfilling DfE statutory requirements. Please note that for the age of our children in school the focus will be on Relationship Education including boundaries within relationships, the right to privacy and rights over their own body.

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