Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) are central to our school’s ethos, underpinning learning in the classroom, school and in the wider community. PSHE aims to help our children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We use a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw which aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work):
- Being Me in my World
- Celebrating Differences
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
The six Jigsaw Puzzles are designed so the whole school studies the same learning themes at the same time - each year group at its own level. The Puzzles are sequential and developmental throughout each academic year.
We also use the Thrive Approach across the whole school to support the children as they learn to think about their emotions, choices and friendships so that they are able to develop into confident, skilful young people who enjoy learning and respect each other. We have highly skilled and experienced members of staff who have trained to become licensed Thrive Practitioners and use Thrive in response to an identified or emerging need for an individual or group.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
We deliver our Relationships, Health and Sex Education aspect of the curriculum through The Jigsaw Scheme of Work and it is fully integrated into our schools PSHE policy. This subject is designed to equip our children with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.
Relationships Education puts in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online, learning how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect. Our children are taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them.
Health Education aims to give our children the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
All aspects of PSHE are taught systematically in lessons, through assemblies which all pupils enjoy and through the culture and values within our schools which permeate throughout the school day. Children are taught to treat one another with kindness, respect and tolerance; to be thoughtful and reflective members of the school community and to work hard and do their best.
We hold weekly talking circles with each year group. The Talking Circles form part of our restorative practice within school.