RSHE Consultation for Parents



We want to enable children to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life by equipping them with:


  • The knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships
  • The opportunity to put knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts
  • Recognition that everyone faces difficult situations in their lives – how can we support children to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support


Why is there new guidance now? What is it about?


  • Came into effect in September 2020
  • 20 years since the last review of the curriculum – the world has changed
  • Relationships Education in primary schools
  • Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools
  • Health Education in primary and secondary schools
  • This guidance is for all primary schools including academies and faith based schools


RSHE is a new subject and is statutory from September 2021, however, at St Peter’s due to our broad curriculum many of the objectives are covered already. At all times we keep the Gospel Values and our Mission Statement at the heart of all that we do, and with you, the parents as the primary educators we aim to continue developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural journey of our children.


As a school we have chosen the Jigsaw scheme a mindful approach to PSHE, bringing together Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. There is one lesson a week with a focus on tailoring the lessons to the children’s needs.

Jigsaw provides a comprehensive PSHE Programme which covers all the requirements of the government guidance and outcomes, and more. The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the Jigsaw Programme. Jigsaw’s philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others.

Health Education in Jigsaw embraces not only physical health but has a strong focus on mental health and emotional literacy throughout, and empowers children to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings and know how to manage and regulate these (e.g.using Calm Me (mindfulness techniques).


As a Catholic school we will continue to use Journey in Love to teach the Relationships & Sex Education part of the curriculum because it is compiled specifically to present a Catholic vision. In each year group, an aspect of love is explored and developed starting from Early Years to Key Stage 2. Young people are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love reflected in each person under the components: social and emotional, physical and spiritual.


Our curriculum in Science includes teaching about the main external parts of the body and changes in the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty.


In Computing the aim is to ensure that all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. It also includes the importance of e-safety, with progression in its content to reflect the different and escalating risks that young people face as they get older.


Physical Education is a fundamental part of a broad and balanced curriculum, and is designed develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, and are physically active for sustained periods of time, engaging in competitive sport and activities and lead healthy, active lives.


Curriculum maps for Science, Computing and PE are available on request.

Any questions or queries about the Curriculum offer please speak to Mrs Scott or Ms McBride.




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