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PSHE & RSE

PSHE & RSE

We aim for all of our Dundry children to leave us having developed into inquisitive, thoughtful and well rounded young people who want to make a positive contribution in life.

We use our Christian Values, the promotion of fundamental British Values and our work in Personal, Social and Health Education ( PSHE )  to explore themes with children to help them to develop into the best versions of themselves , with a deeper understanding and respect, of the multi faceted , multi cultural country and world in which we all live. 

At Dundry every class uses ‘Jigsaw’,  which is a holistic approach to PSHE that helps children to connect all the pieces of Personal, Social and Health education , Emotional literacy , social skills and spiritual development. It provides pupils with a well structured, progressive, whole school approach , helping to develop empathetic pupils who understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. 

Jigsaw offers a ‘mindful’ approach to themes, with plenty of opportunity to reflect, share, discuss and challenge ideas and opinions. Jigsaw actively focuses on developing the mental health and well -being of pupils and allows them opportunities to ponder life’s bigger questions.

Progression in PSHE

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year. The whole school completes the same unit at the same time meaning they can be celebrated in a meaningful way. Throughout a child’s school journey they will revisit content and objectives which build on each other.

What will your child learn in PSHE?

Dundry PHSE progression document

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

In September 2020 the teaching of Relationship Education became compulsory in primary schools, although many schools like Dundry have been teaching this for a while. It is important for children to be taught the building blocks of how to form healthy relationships. At Dundry we use a scheme of learning called Jigsaw to help us teach children about relationships in an age-appropriate way. The Jigsaw scheme also introduces children to how their bodies are changing inside and out as they grow up, teaching children how to stay healthy and, as they progress into key stage 2, what to expect in puberty.

Follow this link to the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership Trust Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Policy

At Dundry CE Primary School we believe that the facts about human reproduction should be taught before children leave primary school. Sex education ‘should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings (puberty) and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science – how a baby is conceived and born’.

At our school, puberty is taught as a statutory requirement of Health Education and covered by our Jigsaw PSHE Programme ‘Changing Me’ unit.

“Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory Relationships and Sex Education” DfE Guidance p.17

We conclude that sex education refers to Human Reproduction, and therefore inform parents of their right to request their child be withdrawn from the PSHE lessons that explicitly teach this:

Year 5: will be taught Jigsaw Changing Me, Year 4*, Lesson 2 (Having a baby) and Jigsaw Changing Me, Year 5, Lesson 4 (Conception)
Year 6: will be taught Jigsaw Changing Me, Year 6, Lesson 3 (Conception, birth)

*we have moved this lesson from the Year 4 programme into the Year 5 programme.

We will inform parents of this right by letter in the term prior to the lessons being taught, usually the summer term. We write to parents of all year groups to explain the content of the Changing Me units for their child.

Below links to two documents that you will find helpful:

DFE RSE-primary-schools-guide-for-parents

RSHE-A-Guide-for-Parents-and-Carers-leaflet-2020

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Maggs or Mrs Warren our PSHE lead teacher.

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