At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School we believe that RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) should enable children to understand and respect their bodies and be able to cope with the changes puberty brings, without fear or confusion. It should help pupils to develop positive, healthy, online and off-line relationships and develop respect for themselves, their bodies and that of others. RSE aims to support young people in developing positive self-esteem and body image whilst understanding the influences and pressures around them. RSE will empower pupils to keep safe and be safeguarded.
RSE is taught through a whole school spiralled- approach that is integrated within our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and science curriculum. The Jigsaw PSHE relationship and sex education units of work provide children with their entitlement to information about relationships, puberty and human reproduction, appropriate to their ages and stages of development. The content is taught in an age–appropriate, sensitive manner and is taught by the class teacher to help reduce embarrassment and fear. The child-centred activities ensure the learning is enjoyable for pupils and teachers alike. Our whole school approach allows themes to be interwoven into whole school assemblies and celebrations.
- EYFS -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.
Pupils self -assess their own learning after each session and teacher assessment is ongoing throughout the units using assessment descriptors. Assessment tasks are low-stress and carefully structured within the units of work. Child chats will show that the pupils’ knowledge and skills are transferable and have an impact upon their behaviour outside of the classroom. In future years, this will extend into their adult life, providing them with skills to enable them to make healthy, positive lifestyle choices.