During their time at primary school, children will encounter many of life’s challenges for the first time. We aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to lead safe, healthy, and happy lives.
We endeavour to provide a comprehensive and engaging PSHE curriculum which fully meets the need of every child and encourage safe and happy relationships. This is in line with the National Curriculum 2014, where all schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.
Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum:
• Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
• Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
PSHE is a fundamental part of the children’s school experience. To support our aims, the school is a member of the DfE funded PSHE association. We follow the Jigsaw scheme of learning. This is a scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. In an ideal world, children would arrive at school socially developed and ready to learn but this is not always the case. As such, high-quality life skills education is essential for all students to reach their full potential. Jigsaw provides an interactive bank of resources which supports PSHE, RSE, Health education, SMSC development, and safeguarding. Mapped to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study and ensuring full coverage of the statutory elements for Relationship Education and Health Education, the Jigsaw resources help children to develop the skills needed to manage difference influences and pressures, as a part of their personal development.
We aim to ensure that all children:
• Develop confidence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities
• Prepare to play an active role as citizens in Britain
• Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
• Develop good relationships and to understand and celebrate the differences between people.
This is specific to each year group and can be found in the detailed curriculum map on the website. Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The modules are taught discretely and are organised into 5-8 years and 8-11 years and an Early Years, 3-5 years portal.
Each year group’s modules build upon the previous year and incorporates a safeguarding element.
To enrich the school’s approach to PSHE and to broaden the curriculum, we organise events and opportunities such as Young Minds Hello Yellow day, visits from the Fire Service and Railway Police and UK Parliament Week. The school’s celebration of the annual ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’ also raises awareness and compliments the school’s commitment to promoting good mental health.
In each curriculum area, consideration is given to the school’s own context to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful and relevant. Learning experiences themselves are also varied and opportunities for learning outside the classroom are also valued. Children are provided with opportunities to take pride in and ownership of the school grounds, making use of the edible playground resources and the school’s garden area.
Through the involvement of visitors with specialist skills and backgrounds and the careful consideration and planning of trips and real-life experiences, the children are able to build on their knowledge of community and develop the skills they will require for life after education.
We firmly believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults. Children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen and can understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves. Children have roles and responsibilities within school from School Parliament to Eco-warriors.
We regularly maintain up to date training which the lead disseminates to ensure an approach that is informed by current pedagogy and advice from experts, as well as involving the use of recommended resources.
• A full copy of the whole school’s progression documents are available to view on request.