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What are RSE and PSHE?


RSE is Relationships and sex education.  PSHE stands for personal, social, health and economic development.  Our RSE/PSHE Lead is Mrs. H. Debney. Relationships education is also an integral part of this area of learning.  Recently, new statutory guidance for all primary schools was implemented for RSE where parents were consulted regarding the provision of this area. The areas to be covered during Primary School can be seen below. 


RSE/PSHE at Brickhouse


We deliver our PSHE/RSE curriculum through a scheme called "Jigsaw". 


Jigsaw splits the coverage into six pieces of the puzzle. Each piece is covered by each class at the same time so we can be consistent across the whole school in our discussions. The coverage of the jigsaw pieces ensures a broad and balanced coverage of statutory statements for RSE. 


Our Jigsaw pieces are as follows:


  • Autumn 1      Being Me in My World
  • Autumn 2     Celebrating Differences
  • Spring 1       Dreams and Goals
  • Spring 2       Healthy Me
  • Summer 1     Relationships
  • Summer 2    Changing Me 


A content overview can be seen below. 


Every class has its own character, this is a cuddly Jigsaw piece which is kept in the classroom and used to support learning. Ask your child about their character!


British Values


Schools are now required to teach children about the fundamental British values. 

Here at Brickhouse, we teach our children British values through our PHSE lessons and curriculum. 


But what are 'British Values' - according to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:


  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


What must be taught?


The advice here is basically the same for maintained schools ('state' schools) and independent schools (private schools, academies and free schools):


  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.


For PSHE we also have a number of themed weeks/days to cover the curriculum in a number of others ways, these include;


  • Online safety
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • Health and safety week
  • Best of British Day
  • EYFS Seaside Day
  • INSPIRE workshops
  • Remembrance
  • Celebration Assemblies
  • Religious celebrations, eg Nativity, Chinese New Year, Diwali etc. 


We also have a number of themed event days:


  • Children in Need
  • Comic Relief
  • Jeans for Genes
  • World Book Day
  • Christmas Jumper Day


Family PSHE

The purpose of Family PSHE is for parents/carers and school to work together to help children achieve their potential and be happy.

The Government asked children and parents what was important to them.

The answer they received was that children and parents/carers wanted five outcomes for children:


  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being


These are all areas covered in school which overlap with activities you can do with your children at home. 


Should you have any questions please contact Mrs. H. Debney, Deputy Headteacher. 


Dog, Duck and Cat 


We work closely with the Dog, Duck and Cat Trust which provides educational resources that enable schools to address safeguarding, building resilience, promote harm reduction and the prevention of incidents and accidents. 


We use them in school at times, but you are also encouraged to use them at home with your children. 


If you go onto the website you can choose a topic to discuss. Please read additional notes before reading the book with your child / allowing your child to read alone. The resources are mainly aimed at EYFS/KS1/Lower KS2 children. 


Please enjoy sharing these resources - enjoyable stories with a serious meaning behind them.