We want children leaving Bearwood Primary and Nursery school to be able to:

  • Recognise, develop and maintain positive and healthy relationships with their peers, family and online.
  • Know how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations including in the water, online and in the sun.
  • Know how to keep themselves healthy through exercise and eating healthily as well as mentally too.

Importance to Bearwood Primary and Nursery pupils:

At Bearwood Primary and Nursery School, we follow ‘Jigsaw’, which is a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

The programme is organised into ‘pieces’: Being Me in My World; Celebrating Difference; Dreams and Goals; Healthy Me; Relationships; Changing Me. These pieces run throughout the school, covering all the elements of PSHE. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw allows us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach.

As well as ‘Jigsaw,’ at Bearwood Primary and Nursery School, we have also designed a bespoke safety curriculum to ensure that when the children leave us at the end of Year 6, they are fully equipped to deal with a range of situations safely. Our safety curriculum covers aspects such as water and beach safety due to our close proximity to the sea as well as aspects such as first aid, body safety, online safety and stranger danger. Each aspect is revisited and built on in each year group meaning that the curriculum content increases in range, depth and complexity as pupils move through the school.

Where possible, aspects within our safety curriculum are linked with the local area, visitors or with the experiences that the children have whilst at Bearwood Primary and Nursery School.

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the curriculum offer and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

We work closely with our School Council to hear their views and opinions as we acknowledge and support Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.
At Bearwood Primary and Nursery School we promote a multi-faith curriculum where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.


SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This is at the heart of our curriculum, and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We actively look for links to this like for example through our safety curriculum where in Mathematics, children explore money safety and in Computing where children explore how to stay safe online.


At Bearwood Primary and Nursery School, Relationship Education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults. All teaching at Bearwood reflects the Equality Act 2010 ensuring there is no discrimination for any pupil or family with protected characteristics.

At Bearwood, all children are exposed to a range of different family types through explicit taught sessions but also through our everyday teaching materials. Each class will read at least one text a year as part of our English scheme of learning which represents a certain family type for example a family with two dads or a family with a dad and a step mum. These family types are also embedded through in other areas of our curriculum such as through the wording of Maths problems created by our teachers for the children to answer.

Children in Years 5 and 6 will be taught in an age-appropriate way about LGBTQ+ as part of their RSE learning based around relationships. To deliver this teaching, we use resources from ‘The Proud Trust’ which represents a range of relationships through stories. Children at Bearwood are taught in an age-appropriate way about the characteristics and values of healthy relationships, including area such as differences, boundaries, respect, trust and kindness. Teaching focuses on both face-to-face and online relationships recognising the significance of the digital world we now embrace.
Learning is planned to meet the objectives set out in the Relationships Education, Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory Guidance 2020, under the broad headings of

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme of Jigsaw.

The Science Curriculum – body changes and life cycles

Body changes and life cycles Sex Education beyond the requirements of the science national curriculum is not compulsory in primary schools; however, we recognise the importance of preparing children well for secondary school. At Bearwood Primary and Nursery School, children will be taught about puberty as set out in the expectations of the science National Curriculum. In line with year group expectations, children will learn about external body parts, changes in the human body from birth to old age, and reproduction in some plants and animals. As part of the life cycle objectives, Year 6 pupils will be taught the science of how a baby is conceived and born. In our school, we only teach the body changes and life cycles required by the science national curriculum. Therefore, parents do not have the right to withdraw children from these scientific lessons. (Parents will have the opportunity to discuss and view the content of the curriculum before it is taught.)

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