Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to promote pupil well-being, pupil safeguarding and community cohesion. PSHE Education plays an important part in fulfilling all of these responsibilities. (Children Act, 2004 & Education Act, 2006)
Intent (What we aim to achieve through teaching PSHE)
At All Saints Primary School, we aim to promote children’s personal, social, spiritual, health and economic education, as well as their emotional development and well-being. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Our PSHE curriculum also incorporates an age-appropriate understanding of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), as set out in the statutory guidance, enabling children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
We endeavour for our teaching of PSHE to enable pupils to develop the skills they need to flourish in the wider curriculum and in life as a whole. PSHE helps pupils to understand their own personal value, and how as individuals, they fit into and contribute to the world. PSHE helps to develop emotional literacy, builds resilience and supports mental and physical wellbeing, in turn supporting emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Here at All Saints, teachers understand the importance of removing any barriers to the children’s learning so that their PSHE skills and knowledge can be developed regardless of their stage of understanding. This may include additional TA support, pre-teaching and repetition of key vocabulary, differentiated activities and further scaffolding. Higher attaining children are challenged through higher level questioning, encouraging deeper thinking and problem solving.
Implementation (How we teach PSHE)
To ensure continuity across the school, All Saints teach PHSE through Jigsaw 3-11, a fully planned and progressive PSHE scheme. As a school, we follow a set theme each half term.
The 6 Jigsaw themes are:
Autumn Term 1 - Being Me in My World
This covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community. It also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Autumn Term 2 - Celebrating Difference (including Anti-Bullying)
This focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, including disability, racism, power, friendships, sexuality and gender and conflict. Children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’. Bullying – including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this theme.
Spring Term 1 - Dreams and Goals
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising.
Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment and success, and get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
Spring Term 2 - Healthy Me
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
Summer Term 1 - Relationships (including Relationships and Sex Education)
The theme of relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this area is about safeguarding and keeping children safe. This links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness - children learn how to deal with conflict, their own
strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Summer Term 2 - Changing Me
Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old,
assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are the diverse range of subjects our children explore.
Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This area links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.
Impact (The effect of teaching PSHE)
Although PSHE is taught as discrete lessons, we believe that it plays a vital part in a child’s personal development and is therefore, integrated throughout the curriculum. Learning through PSHE at All Saints is evident in the children’s good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.
The quality of the children’s learning and understanding in PSHE is monitored and assessed by class teachers and the subject leader. Monitoring of class floor-books, pupil voice and staff questionnaires are frequently carried out to ensure that the intended learning and understanding is being reached and misconceptions avoided.
Regular updates and support are offered to staff in order to guide their planning and teaching of PSHE to a high standard.
By the time children leave All Saints Primary School, they should have:
- a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
- a good understanding of how to stay safe and develop good relationships.
- an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
- a strong self-awareness interlinked with compassion of others.
- an awareness of their own and other’s physical and emotional needs.
- the skills to interact effectively with others and be valued members of society.
- the skills to be responsible for and have an understanding of their health needs.
- an understanding of economic responsibility and the world in which we live.
- an understanding of British Values.
- Jigsaw overview: https://jigsawlivestcmsuk.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-media/bvfbdtc0/uk-3-11-12-snapshot-overview-map.pdf
- Early Years PSED Framework: https://jigsawlivestcmsuk.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-media/unob2zya/how-does-the-jigsaw-3-11-meet-the-personal-social-and-emotional-development-psed-early-learning-goals.pdf
- RSHE Guide for Parents: https://jigsawlivestcmsuk.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-media/atgbleek/rshe-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers-leaflet-2020.pdf