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We aim to encourage all students to develop an understanding of the ever changing world through a holistic approach. By engaging in physical activities, making positive lifestyle choices and having an awareness of their own mental well-being, children will be able to manage their own lives effectively.

Classes follow the Jigsaw scheme of work which covers a range of Personal, Social and Health issues.

These include:

  • Autumn 1: Being me in my World (Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters)
  • Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.)
  • Spring 1: Dreams and Goals (Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.)
  • Spring 2: Healthy Me (Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.)
  • Summer 1: Relationships (Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills)
  • Summer 2: Changing Me (includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change)

The scheme provides opportunities to cover advised curriculum coverage, relevant in today’s society alongside exploring social and emotional skills.

Alongside the curriculum coverage, we address the British values strand as well as strong links to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) development.

Relationship and Sex Education Questionnaire Results

A parent and carer consultation has been carried out, obtaining viewpoints and feedback in regards to our updated Relationships and Sex policy. Alongside this, the new compulsory objectives, which link to the corresponding year groups, have beenshared.  As a school, we felt it vital for the opinions of all stakeholders to be listened to, therefore, pupils also spent time discussing what PSHE means to them and shared what they would like to see being taught.  Following on from this and in response to any feedback received, a Frequently Asked Question sheet was formed ( see below).

In response to some of the comments received we have constructed a FAQ sheet to both respond and give further information.

  1. Will parents be informed before content linked to Sex education is taught? Can we know what is taught so we can discuss this with our children?

Yes! As a whole school, before any content is taught parents will be contacted through SZAPP with both a reminder as to when lessons will be taught (Summer term 2) as well as an overview of objectives that will be covered. This will provide parents with an understanding of content if they wish to discuss this further at home.

  1. How are the children taught? Are images used of sexual organs?

All PSHE lessons are taught in classrooms which foster a supportive learning environment. Children are taught from KS1 to listen to each other and to be respectful to each others ideas and discussions. Lessons can consist of discussions, mind maps and matching activities to written outcomes, dependent on the age of the child and the lesson objective. Images are used to illustrate all body parts and are labelled with their scientific name. As you can see below the images are illustrations and are in no way done in graphic detail. This becomes normal for children and is discussed using the correct terminology throughout the school.

As children move into upper key stage 2, videos are used to, again illustrate, puberty and the physical changes in an adolescent body.

3.  Is PSHE focusing heavily on sexual content?

No, Linden’s PSHE and Relationship education curriculum covers a whole range of objectives vital in supporting the whole child to develop and grow, whilst being inclusive of modern society. As included in the overviews, coverage includes a wide range of objectives;

  • - mental well being
  • - first aid
  • - online safety and wellbeing
  • - healthy relationships (friendships, different family structures etc).

 Units also focus on celebrating differences, including race, gender and gender identity, physical attributes but recognises how each and every one of us is special. Setting dreams and goals for the future and keeping healthy both physically but also mentally (body confidence, self awareness, media influences).

One unit out of the six taught throughout the year focuses on sex education which is called ‘changing me.’ Lessons taught will cover aspects of body parts, menstrual cycles and how to deal with changes in their lives (asking for help, looking towards the next school year.) All of which remain at age appropriate levels and set within government guidance.



Useful Websites

 To continue supporting your child(ren) in regards to PSHE and its coverage below are some useful websites. 

Jigsaw parent information leaflet:  RSE Guide for Parents and Carers leaflet (click on the tips by age to ensure age appropriate content)

Additional support and guidance to areas more specific to them and their family ( Information in supporting your child with transgender and gender dysphoria (Topics include first aid, staying healthy, making friends.) (LGBT)