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Relationships and sex education​​​​​​​

At St Germans Primary School we use the Jigsaw scheme of work to support our delivery of the PSHE curriculum. Part of this curriculum is Relationships and Sex Education which became statutory from September 2020. The following documents explain in more detail what we intend to teach.

Parents have the right to remove their child from the non-statutory part of the curriculum and details of these aspects can be found in the documents below.

If you have any questions you should talk to your child's class teacher in the first instance. The class teacher may refer you to our subject co-ordinator Mrs S Marshall

What will my child actually be taught about puberty and human reproduction?
Jigsaw’s ‘Changing Me’ unit is taught over a period of 6 weeks, in the second half of the summer term.

Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage, building on the previous learning. Please note, at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate. If a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), the child will be encouraged to ask his/her parents or carers at home. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.
The Changing Me Puzzle is all about coping positively with change and includes:
Ages 3-5 Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies.
Ages 5-6 Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts.
Ages 6-7 Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
Ages 7-8 How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older. Introduction to puberty.
Ages 8-9 Internal and external reproductive body parts. Recap about puberty and introduction to menstruation. Conception explained in simple biological terms.
Ages 9-10 Puberty for boys and girls in more detail including the social and emotional aspects of becoming an adolescent. Conception explained in simple biological terms.
Ages 10-11 Puberty for boys and girls revisited. Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. Becoming a teenager.
All lessons are taught using correct terminology, child-friendly language and diagrams.

Puzzle maps show the content of each half termly topic and the learning intentions for each lesson. It is important to note that whilst the Relationships Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Relationships Education, some of the outcomes are also taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. the Celebrating Difference Puzzle helps children appreciate that there are many types of family composition and that each is important to the children involved. This holistic approach ensures the learning is reinforced through the year and across the curriculum. The Changing Me Puzzle (unit) in the second half of the summer term is the section most relevant to sex education.