The intent of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum aims to equip children with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe and productive life, while also developing their self-confidence, self-esteem and ability to communicate their feelings. We have developed a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more.
British Values are embedded throughout each topic which support children by preparing them for life in Modern Britain. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and understand what it means to be a member of a diverse society in our ever-changing world. Our curriculum also makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety, and to their emotional wellbeing. Furthermore, we aim to foster a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the understanding of Relationships Education at an age appropriate level so that children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and, in their future, lives.
Our PSHE curriculum is delivered using the Jigsaw Programme which incorporates a wide range of child-centred activities to ensure the learning is fun and purposeful for pupils and teachers alike. The scheme has its own assessment system, descriptors and exemplifications, so teachers can see the expected standard of learning that pupils should attain at the end of each unit of work, each year and each Key Stage. Jigsaw PSHE contains both formative and summative assessment opportunities that support teachers to assess PSHE knowledge, and how these are applied within social and emotional skills development.
Our PSHE curriculum has three core learning themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World and incorporates Relationships Education.
· Knowledge Organisers-Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand PSHE and to use across the curriculum.
· Wider Curriculum-All subjects make a link to PSHE, SMSC and British Values and the language is used consistently by all staff.
· Assemblies- Specific whole school assemblies introduce each topic for PSHE and celebration assemblies always make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC.
Our PSHE programme enables children to develop positive and healthy relationships with themselves and their peers both now and in the future. The curriculum prepares children for the next stage in their education and ensures both they and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship, as well as preparing them for the adult world. The impact of our PSHE curriculum allows children to become confident learners who take ownership of their work and their actions. Children will also understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level and will have positive body images.
Pre and post assessment and reflection activities demonstrate the progression of knowledge, skills and understanding. By teaching children to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.