This consultation begins on Friday June 25th 2021 and will close on Friday 9th July 2021. The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). Consequently, from September 2021 Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory and form part of the National Curriculum. Schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements by the Summer term 2021. For secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils in place. This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy, so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
Physical and emotional maturity
Religious and cultural backgrounds
Special educational needs and disabilities
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping safe in the modern world. We have chosen to teach Sex Education, as we believe this is also an important part of all children's education- enabling us to ensure the content is taught sensitively and accurately, rather than through hearsay and often inappropriate/inaccurate online 'content'.
As part of our curriculum and RSE policy review, we would appreciate your views. Whilst there may well be differences of opinion about our RSE provision, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools' decisions on when and how certain content is covered and enable us to reach a general consensus. Please click on the link below to access our RSE consultation questionnaire if you would like to make comments.
At Sauncey Wood Primary School, children learn ways of becoming healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. Children are encouraged and taught to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new and difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people. PD helps children to feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities, pupils recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.
At Sauncey Wood, we use the JIGSAW scheme of work. PD planning is ambitious for all pupils and is coherently planned and sequenced to ensure that pupils build on and gain new knowledge and skills as they progress through primary school. Our curriculum is broad and balanced to ensure that pupils leave primary school with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves physically healthy, mentally healthy and safe. We also aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to be active, respectful and engaged citizens of modern Britain.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the beginning to the end of the academic year.
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
There are six learning sessions in each Puzzle.
Help me learn
Establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class/setting, adults and children alike, is vital. To enable this, it is important that ‘ground rules’ are agreed and owned at the beginning of the year and are reinforced in every Piece – by using The Jigsaw Charter. PD learning takes place weekly, consisting of assemblies, songs, making friends with the Puzzle pieces for each year group, calm me time and mindfulness.
The impact of our PD curriculum is also seen in the way pupils interact with others, the way in which can keep themselves mentally and physically healthy, the respect pupils have for other people and the way in which pupils can keep themselves and people around them safe. The impact of PD is not just seen in academic progress within the subject, it is also seen in the way pupils become active, respectful and engaged citizens of modern Britain.
Learning beyond the classroom
Our PD curriculum enables pupils to build their cultural capital guiding them in becoming responsible, safe and happy citizens in society. The scheme of work provide them with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need in order to succeed as individuals and members of society. Through PD, pupils learn how to challenge themselves physically and mentally, thrive for opportunities and manage any challenges, which they may face growing up. It is essential for these lessons to be taught in order for our children to gain and develop their cultural awareness. PD is encouraged throughout home learning. We also set home learning task for relaxation and mindfulness activities, encouraging families and pupils to have quality family time.