Relationships & Health - Education
At Seahouses we have always taught PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education). This links perfectly with our values and, as you know, these are embedded throughout our school.
Recently, the Department for Education have changed the legislation and these changes relate to what we teach the children about Relationships, Sex and Health and when we teach it. Originally, these changes had to be implemented by September 2020. In light of current events, this has now been postponed until the Summer 2021 but, we would like to continue with our plan to implement at Easter.
To support our delivery of a PSHE curriculum which encompasses the new requirements regarding Relationships, Sex and Health Education we will be implementing a scheme called "Jigsaw." Jigsaw is widely used in schools across the UK, it is comprehensive and includes a wealth of quality resources. Lessons will take place once per week and will last up to an hour (depending on the age of the children).
What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?
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.