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Important information about personal, social and health education-Jigsaw

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Dear parent/carer,

This school year we have been using ‘Jigsaw’, the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme across school, which follows a mindful approach to PSHE.

These lessons have built children’s emotional literacy, self-esteem, and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other and the world in a positive and healthy way. We are sure you will have heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time.

The Summer Term Puzzles (units) are about Relationships (unit 1) and Changing Me (unit 2).  Next half-term after the holidays  we will be focussing on the Changing Me Puzzle which includes, in every year group, 2 or 3 lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work and obviously the younger year groups are not looking at these issues directly and explicitly, but rather learning correct terminology for body parts and covering the foundation work for later year groups. The Year 5 and 6 lessons look more fully at puberty and human reproduction.

Each year group will post an upcoming blog regarding the details of the topic coverage, so please look out for these blogs in the upcoming weeks on your child's class blogs.

This next unit of Jigsaw will include the following themes which will be managed sensitively:

Male and Female

Growing and Changing


Gender Stereotypes

Families of all Kinds

Relationships/Types of Love

Reproduction/Life cycle

Babies and Parenting

Puberty and Menstruation

Personal Hygiene

The lessons will progress gradually across the year groups and topics such as puberty, menstruation and personal hygiene will not be covered until the upper end of Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6). Talking to your child about the lessons they have covered will help their learning and also give them a chance to ask further questions.

If you have any questions, please contact school.

Thank you for your ongoing support.