After half term, pupils complete the final unit this year, Changing Me, in PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education), which is normally taught using Jigsaw, a carefully selected programme adopting a mindful approach to supporting children and young people in developing emotional literacy; social and lifelong skills, and resilience in an age-appropriate manner. Changing Me also covers elements of relationships, sex and health education (RSHE).
While relationships and health education, including puberty, are statutory, sex education is not compulsory in primary schools. It was decided before my time as headteacher, and in consultation with parents and carers, children in KS2 should understand the facts about human reproduction before they leave us; however, I have a duty to restate you have the right to withdraw your child from the single lessons when this aspect is explored in Willow and Oak. (Further information can be found in our PSHE Policy, available online; naturally, you are also welcome to speak with your child's teacher about specific lesson content.) Should you wish to exercise this right, please contact me, and your child's teacher will sensitively make arrangements for supervising them in a different activity separate from the rest of their class when sex education is covered.