PSHE – Personal Social Health Economic Education
At Amesbury Primary School we aim to deliver a PSHE curriculum that helps equip children with the skills and knowledge to confidently navigate their path through early life and set strong foundations for their future.
We deliver lessons that encourage our children to become happy, healthy, safe, caring and responsible members of society.
We provide opportunities for our children to understand and celebrate our British Values, learn about our rights and ask questions surrounding moral, social and cultural issues.
Our children are encouraged to develop their relationships and sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We base our PSHE curriculum on the Jigsaw scheme and make adaptations and additions to further support the specific needs of our pupils. Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn. It includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit). Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness and SMSC (spiritual, moral,social and community). It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week.
Being Me, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relathionships and Changing Me.
All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is also a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school encouraging children to live that learning in their behaviour and attitudes and a child from each class is chosen to be the Values Ambassador for the next week. There are numerous additional aspects of the Jigsaw Programme to enhance the learning experience, including the Jigsaw Friends (jigsaw-shaped soft toys used as teaching aids), Jigsaw Chimes and Jigsaw Jerrie Cats (used to help and encourage calming and mindfulness practice).
Here is the website where you can access information about the scheme.
Free learning at home stories and activities can also be found here.
In addition to this we create local links to support the teaching of PSHE.
We practise mindfulness in and out of our PSHE lessons.
We have a school council made up of children to help shape our school and we will be gaining some librarians and eco-warriors to help look after our school.
In Term 1 and 2 we also have Whole School Pause Days to look at the important issues of both Mental Health and Anti-bullying.
From September 2020, primary schools in England need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education. Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
As soon as possible, we will be setting up a Parents Conference to share the type of content that may be included and gather and share views on how we as a school community would like to proceed with this.
The Changing Me Puzzle for this term includes, in every year group, 2 or 3 lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and children in Years 4 to 6 have 1 lesson on how human reproduction happens. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work and obviously the younger year groups are not looking at these issues directly and explicitly but rather learning correct terminology for body parts and doing the foundation work for later year groups.
We welcome you to read our proposed PSHE policy and the Jigsaw leaflet for parents and carers. This will provide you with information on what is currently covered in PSHE lessons. There is a link to a survey for you to feedback your thoughts about the proposed policy and what you feel is important for your child to cover in PSHE at school. We want the creation of our new policy to be done in consultation with parents/carers, staff, governors and children.
At Amesbury Primary we practise mindfulness. For a moment of calm I would recommend these websites: