PSHE and RSE
At Hollycroft, we offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which we believe reflects the needs of our pupils. Our PSHE education programme equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We have designed our curriculum around the Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education curriculum.
We understand that today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
We use the JIGSAW to deliver our PSHE and RSE curriculum in a graduated, age-appropriate and purposeful manner which supports pupils understanding. These can be seen by clicking on the links below. We also cover key themes within our PE, Science and Computing curriculum and integrate teaching where appropriate.
We keep parents informed of the education their child will receive before undertaking RSE lessons in Year 4-6 so they are enabled to continue the conversations started in class at home. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of the statutory RSE. There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education. The Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools.
The following information and more can be found in the introductory document below:
Parent Information Leaflet
PSHE & RSE Overview Maps
PSHE & RSE Policy
For specific information about Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), continue to scroll down the page.
PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
• promotes British values.
From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
The Jigsaw Programme supports all
Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.
Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11 (12 in Scotland). Written by teachers and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is also a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school encouraging children to live that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.