Personal, Social and Health Education
The curriculum content and policy for Relationship and Sex Education are under a consultation period
At Waterloo Primary we have a curriculum that:
- Promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development
- Equips pupils to make safe and healthy choices
- Prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Promotes British values
As a whole school approach, we follow a scheme called Jigsaw which fulfills the 2019 Government Relationship and Health Education Guidance. We adapt and embellish this scheme to reflect our community and locality.
Well-being features on all timetables and children learn how techniques like meditation, mindful colouring, listening to music and physical movement can help them to feel calm. Some aspects of our curriculum are enhanced through additional events, such as, Antibullying Week, Refugee Week, Careers Day, E Safety Week and a variety of fundraising events.
We teach PSHE to help support our children to be happy, safe and well prepared for life beyond Waterloo Primary School.
The Jigsaw Friends are used within lessons as the ‘talking object’ in circle discussions.
They support children to have their turn to talk or to offer a suggestion, experiences and feelings relevant to the discussion.
The Jigsaw Friends enable children to talk about potentially more sensitive issues without referring directly to themselves.
We deliver Jigsaw as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. Each Puzzle begins with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
In each year group, we teach the same 'Puzzle Piece' each half term:
- Autumn 1 - Being Me in My World
- Autumn 2 - Celebrating Difference
- Spring 1 - Dreams and Goals
- Spring 2 - Healthy Me
- Summer 1 - Relationships
- Summer 2 - Changing Me
Each year, learning is revisited and build upon.
All children and staff sign up to our PSHE Code of Conduct:
These knowledge Organisers will be shared with children. They outline key knowledge and vocabulary that will be learnt/developed throughout the half term. These will be helpful for you in supporting you child's learning at home:
Here are some tips for talking to your child about puberty and sex education:
We will always give you 2 weeks notice before teaching about puberty or sex education. We will also send out a reminder the day before. We appreciate that sometimes questions can be difficult to answer.
- Research shows us that children want and need to understand relationships, puberty and human reproduction, and want to be able to talk with parents/carers about this when they have had lessons at school.
- Providing them with facts isn't a case of taking away their innocence. It is empowering them to make safe and healthy choices. Children will hear lots of misinformation from peers and through the media.
- Be honest. If you don't know the answer to a question or you're not sure how to answer it, tell them you will give it some thought and get back to them.
- Use correct terminology, especially for naming body parts.
- Give yourself a moment to think before responding. Buy time with responses like, 'that's an interesting question, what made you ask that?' It's fine to say you will discuss it at a later time but it's helpful for your child to be told when that will be.
- Your child might really need to confide in you when they are older. It is important that they don't see this as something that is dirty or something they should feel ashamed about.
- If it all feels too personal, try using the, 'I'm asking for a friend', approach. Talk about fictional characters/made up stories.
- Enjoy it. Laugh with each other!
- Work in partnership with school. Feel free to ask us for any help and support.