Dear Parents and Carers,
William Patten implement the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum across the school using JIGSAW, the mindful approach to PSHE.
Puzzle pieces (units) are spread across the year – one for each half term:
Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for their community and the world. It’s great for children to have this experience, to think ambitiously, and to have aspirations. © Jigsaw PSHE Ltd 2020.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional/mental health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid). Most of the statutory content for Health Education (DfE) is contained within this Puzzle.
Relationships starts with building a respectful relationship with self and covers topics including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking. Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes.
Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, puberty, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school and how to cope positively with such changes. Life cycles and human reproduction are taught in some year groups. Jigsaw has produced a separate leaflet explaining the approach taken with Relationships and Sex Education.
We hope you will be in agreement with us that this work is vitally important for children and that it needs to be done age-appropriately. The Jigsaw Programme gives us a secure framework in which to do this.
The government made Relationships Education and Health Education statutory for all primary schools from September 2020.
We wish to inform you of your legal right to withdraw your child/ren from the sex education (Changing Me) aspects of this programme. If you do not wish your child to participate in the Changing Me lessons, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3.30pm on Monday 6th June 2022, stating your child’s name and class.
I have attached the puzzle overviews and additional information leaflets which should answer any questions you may have.
However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of the lessons before making a decision, I am happy to discuss this further with you in the week after the half term break.
Lessons will start in the week beginning 13th June 2022.
Designated Safeguarding Lead