Relationships & Sexual Education (RSE) at Greenlands Primary
At Greenlands we use the Jigsaw PSHE and RSE scheme
What is Jigsaw?
Jigsaw PSHE and RSE scheme which is a mindful approach to PSHE is a teaching and learning programme which includes the statutory RSHE (Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education) and has a strong focus on emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
All the year groups will be working on the same theme at the same time. However, lessons and learning will be differentiated across the school and topics taught will be relevant to the age groups.
Each topic (puzzle) is launched with a phase assembly which generates a whole school learning focus. Two of the themes across the year focus on Relationships and Sex Education, which will be taught in Terms 5 and 6.
In Term 5, the Relationships theme focuses on a range of topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, love and loss. An essential part of this topic focuses on safeguarding and keeping children safe. This topic also includes work on cyber safety, social networking with an emphasis on keeping safe on the internet.
Throughout the term children will learn strategies to deal with conflict, their own strengths and selfesteem. Children will have the opportunity to identify different roles and responsibilities in different families, looking at a variety of stereotypes. All of the lessons will be delivered in an age-appropriate way, including through books and stories, to meet the children's needs.
In Term 6, the Changing Me theme focuses on how the children change as they grow older, from young to old, throughout their teenage years, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Many diverse themes will be discussed and explored such as self and body image, puberty, attracting and accepting changes.
Throughout term 6, each class will look at moving ahead, to a new year group, new teachers and the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are taught to meet the children's need at an age appropriate level. All of the year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This topic links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.
Changes to RSE
The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:
The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.