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PSHE

We regard PSHE as the golden thread of our everyday work at Earlswood. Through PSHE education, our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and attributes they need keep themselves healthy and safe, and manage the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in their lives now and in the future.

 

We use the Jigsaw Programme for our PSHE sessions and this offers us a comprehensive Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning. This also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.

 

The table below shows how our School Values (SMILE Expectations and Learning Behaviours) feed into our PSHE sessions and also our School Aims and Moto.

 

 

Our School Values

Our School Values are learnt through our SMILE Expectations and Learning Behaviours.

Our SMILE Expectations encourage and support children with their:

Self-control (S)

Manners (M)

Independence (I)

Listening skills and respectfulness (L)

Collaborative skills (E – encouraging others).

 

Through our weekly values assemblies and our daily teaching across the curriculum, we focus on the learning behaviours:

Resilience

Confidence

Independence

Motivation

Collaboration

Reflectiveness

 

Each class has weekly Learning Detectives (Infants) or Learning Ambassadors (Juniors) and these children look out for children displaying these behaviours across their learning. Children are awarded certificates in celebration assembly for displaying these learning behaviours.

Relationships and Health Educational

PSHE is a non-statutory subject, however, Relationship and Health Education is compulsory in primary schools. (DfE, England 2019)

 

Relationships Education

Relationships teaching focuses on the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.

 

By the end of their time at Earlswood, children will have learnt about:

  • Families and people who care for them
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

 

Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

Health teaching focuses on the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing. Children are taught about the benefits and importance of daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep, and given the language and knowledge to understand the normal range of emotions that everyone experiences. 

 

By the end of their time at Earlswood, children will have learnt about:

  • How to protect and support their own and others’ health and wellbeing.
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention e.g. hygiene
  • Basic First aid
  • Changing adolescent body (particularly from age 9, physical and emotional changes including menstruation)

 

Sex Education

Sex Education is not compulsory in primary schools. Lessons on human reproduction are left to the discretion of the school. (DfE, England 2019)

 

At Earlswood, we choose to teach Sex Education as part of our PSHE curriculum in order to:

  • Prepare pupils to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up.
  • Give pupils an elementary understanding of human reproduction.
  • Support the personal and social development of all pupils.
  • Offer balanced and factual information appropriate to the age and maturity of the pupils acknowledging the moral and ethical issues involved.

 

We teach Sex Education through our PSHE programme Jigsaw. The specific Sex Education content (human reproduction) is taught through the Changing Me sessions (delivered in the last term of the academic year). Teachers use a range of resources to enhance teaching and learning. Animations of the female reproductive system and the male reproductive system are used to provide a visual resource to enable children to understand how the body changes and develops in puberty. All resources used are age-appropriate.

 

If you would like more information on PSHE at Earlswood. Please read our PSHE/RSE Policy.

Weekly PSHE sessions

We use the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme of work to teach our weekly PSHE sessions. Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for Nursery through to Year 6 (ages 3-11).  Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style.

 

What we teach through the Jigsaw sessions:

Autumn 1 - Being Me In My World 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 2 - Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.

 

Spring 1 - 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, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.

 

Spring 2 - 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 1 - 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 Puzzle 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 2 - Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to 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 Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.

 

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