Thursday 25th May 2023
Dear parents and carers,
RE: Relationships and Health Education 2023
This school year, we have continued to implement the Jigsaw programme across our school, which is a mindful approach to PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
The government made it statutory for all primary schools to teach Relationships and Health Education from September 2020. At Kelvin Grove, we define sex education as learning about human reproduction which is taught in both science and PSHE.
There are six puzzles (units of work):
- Being me in My world
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing me
After half term, the first puzzle we’ll be working on will be ‘Changing Me’.
The ‘Changing Me’ unit includes lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. This will be taught in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious background of our pupils.
Younger year groups will not be looking at these issues directly and explicitly but rather learning the correct terminology for body parts and doing the foundation work, whilst Years 5 and 6 lessons will be more focused on puberty and human reproduction. Please note: at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), the child will be encouraged to ask his/her parents or carers at home.
This work is vitally important to help support children’s development and to underpin their learning capacity. We always want to work in partnership with parents and carers and appreciate your support.
On our school website, under curriculum, subjects and then physical development, health and well-being, you will find the RSE content for each year group as well as a guide for you to read through.
If you have any questions, we invite you to talk to your child’s class teacher.