What will my child actually be taught in Relationships and Health Education?
The Jigsaw PSHE scheme also includes relationship and health education units of work aim to give children their entitlement to information about relationships, puberty and human reproduction, appropriate to their ages and stages of development. This work is treated in a matter-of-fact and sensitive manner to allay embarrassment and fear and helps children to cope with change, including puberty and to learn about families, friendships and healthy relationships. Jigsaw aims to build the positive.
The ‘Changing Me’ unit is taught over a period of 6 weeks in the second half of the summer term. All lessons are taught using simple, child-friendly language and pictures, which help children understand changes more effectively. The key concepts that children learn in Jigsaw are inner strength, self-esteem and resilience. These are really important as they help keep children safe and it helps them make healthy decisions later in life. Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. Please note, at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate. Any questions asked outside of the remit of that year group’s programme, would not be answered.
Where exactly does the PSHE Jigsaw scheme teach Puberty and Human reproduction?
Jigsaw PSHE is a holistic programme that supports children’s personal development, sense of identity and self-respect throughout, with the Relationships Puzzle offering more specific aspects of statutory Relationships Education. The whole Jigsaw Programme more than fulfils all the statutory RSHE requirements. The PSHE Jigsaw ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (unit) contains the more specific work on these aspects. The puberty work in Jigsaw PSHE fulfils the requirements that sit under the ‘Changing Adolescent Body’ strand of statutory Health Education, and parents cannot withdraw their children from this.
Jigsaw’s rationale for what is taught when in Jigsaw
We believe that knowledge empowers and protects children as long as it is age-appropriate. At secondary school Sex Education is statutory and we believe that primary schools should prepare children with accurate knowledge about puberty and human reproduction before they transfer to secondary school. Correct terminology for body parts is introduced to normalise this biological vocabulary and to support safeguarding. These words are not used in isolation but always in conjunction, ensuring children know these are private parts of their bodies. Puberty is introduced gently in Y3 because some girls may start their periods this early and it is necessary to prepare them for this, so they aren’t scared or worried. Conception is introduced age-appropriately in Y4 in the context of understanding why our bodies change during puberty. Understanding of Human Reproduction, conception and puberty is built upon in Year 5 and then puberty, conception and childbirth is age-appropriately covered in Y6.
Year Group Coverage for the ‘Changing Me’ unit:
EYFS Reception - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
Year 5 Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
Year 6 Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby
Further information can be found in the Jigsaw PSHE information leaflets and website links:
Jigsaw PSHE: Information for Parents and Carers
FAQs for Parents and Carers