Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education including Relationships & Sex Education 

P.S.H.E. Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, P.S.H.E. Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. 

At Chestnuts, we follow the P.S.H.E. scheme called Jigsaw – The Mindfulness Approach. Jigsaw combines P.S.H.E., emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. Each puzzle generates a whole school focus for adults and children alike and includes an assembly and celebrations that highlight a shared theme across the school. Children are encouraged to try to reflect their P.S.H.E. learning in their behaviour and attitudes. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. 

There are six puzzles (half-termly units of work) each with six pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same puzzle at the same time from September to July. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age and stage appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. 

The different puzzles are: 

  1. Being Me in My World 
  2. Celebrating Difference 
  3. Dreams and Goals 
  4. Healthy Me 
  5. Relationships 
  6. Changing Me 

Relationships & Sex Education 

Relationships Education (R.S.E.) is a statutory requirement for schools. As children develop, they have a growing interest in, and understanding of, many social and moral issues.  They have a natural curiosity about themselves – their bodies, their feelings and their relationships.  They have a need to explore the meanings and implications of their emerging sexuality and the related physical and emotional changes they experience.   

At Chestnuts, our teaching takes account of the maturity of the children. Relationships Education is delivered through Jigsaw as part of P.S.H.E programme. The main elements of R.S.E. are delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzles, which are covered in the summer term. We want to ensure that our children are equipped to manage the physical, mental and emotional changes that are associated with growing up.  

There are four main aims of teaching R.S.E.: 

  • To enable children to understand and respect their bodies.
  • To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development.
  • To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image.
  • To empower them to be safe and safeguarded. 

In each year group, the children are taught appropriately for their age and developmental stage. Children are encouraged to discuss topics openly in a safe environment. If, however, something is asked that the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature, or explicit, nature), this information will be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered for the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme. We provide the children with an appropriate understanding of human reproduction, relationships and family life within a moral and ethical framework. We are aware that school is not the only setting in which children gain information and an awareness of this subject. 

P.S.H.E. learning is recorded in P.S.H.E. class books; these books contain a range of evidence of the children’s learning, which can include – but is not limited to – photocopies of cross-curricular learning; children’s verbal or written comments and photographic evidence of activities and experiences.