As you know, we teach a PSHE scheme of work called JIGSAW which looks at topics to do with the children’s personal, social, health and economic education.
During the summer term, we will be teaching the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle/unit of work. In every year group, this includes two or three lessons to help children understand the changes that puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. The Year 5 and 6 lessons look in more detail at puberty and reproduction.
We hope you will be in agreement with us that this work is vitally important for children, that it needs to be done in an age-appropriate way and that the Jigsaw Programme gives us a secure framework in which to do this. We do as always want to work in partnership with parents and carers, and also need to remind you of your right to withdraw your children from the sex education aspect of the PSHE curriculum. The lessons you are able to withdraw from are highlighted on the attached lesson overview.
However, the following is taught within the Science curriculum, which is statutory:
Year 5 Science will include;
- Describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
- Describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
- Describing the changes as humans develop to old age.
Year 6 Science will include;
- Recognising the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way bodies function.
- Recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
If you have any queries, please speak to your child’s class teacher.