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PSHE

Intent

At Yattendon CofE Primary School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is crucial in supporting children in their personal development, and underpinning learning in the classroom, school, and in the wider community. PSHE education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and character attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and be able to form and maintain positive relationships with others. Our children develop an understanding of the ever-changing world in which they live, develop the skills necessary to take an active role in their community and manage their life effectively. We aim to use PSHE to develop our school learning tools of co-operation, resilience, responsibility and curiosity to grow as learners in a happy and caring atmosphere. Within our teaching of PSHE, we also cover a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) teaching in order to prepare our children for life in Modern Britain.

 

Implementation

We teach a PSHE curriculum which follows a clear progression of skills and coverage through a 2 year cycle due to our mixed-age classes. We use a range of resources to deliver a well-rounded PSHE curriculum, tailored to the needs of our children.

These include but are not limited to:

  • the JIGSAW approach which follows six topics: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. These sessions have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Within each lesson, a mindfulness activity allows children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
  • A well-being assembly is held weekly to connect and apply classroom learning, nurturing the positive and inclusive culture of the whole school community.
  • NSPCC PANTS resources to help children in KS1 understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
  • St John Ambulance resources to learn basic first aid skills for common injuries.
  • Anti-Bullying Week resources to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and empower our children with tools to prevent and respond to bullying.
  • UK Parliament Week resources which allows our children to connect with the UK Parliament and democracy in the UK. Through these activities, our children explore what democracy means to them and their community.
  • Well-being warriors, School council, buddies and other leadership roles within school enable character to develop as responsibility is embraced and respected by our pupils
  • The 5 ways to well-being are an embedded element of our curriculum and provision is made for these areas of Be active, Notice, Keep learning, Connect and Give to develop across the school, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Inclusivity

  • Valuing every child as a unique individual, teaching and learning will be adapted to ensure equitable provision, representing all protective characteristics.

 

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

  • Within our PSHE curriculum we explore and make connections with a balance of spiritual, moral, social, and cultural aspects in order to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and our diverse world.

 

Below is an overview of our current PSHE curriculum.

Progression of Knowledge

Our PSHE curriculum is high quality and planned to show progression. Children are assessed half termly against attainment descriptors (provided by JIGSAW) as working towards, working at (Expected) or working beyond (Greater Depth). Pupil voice is used to establish a reflective process. Each week we have a whole school Wellbeing / PSHE focussed collective worship which draw out a behaviour/attitude and reinforce its application; in turn, this ensures the learning is translated into positive behaviour and attitudes and is not confined to the lesson slot on the timetable. Through the week, children and adults nominate each other by adding names to class Celebration Scrolls when they see each other using that behaviour. Those nominated are recognised/ rewarded with stickers during the collective worship.

Furthermore, we have a group of Wellbeing Warriors who are responsible for promoting wellbeing amongst their peers and our environment (ecology). They are trained in peer mediation, lead mindfulness activities during weekly wellbeing assemblies and promote 5 Ways to Wellbeing tasks and eco-warrior tasks in our school.

 

We use a number of resources to deliver a well-rounded PSHE curriculum, tailored to the needs of our children.

 

The JIGSAW approach follows six topics: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. These sessions have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Within each lesson, a mindfulness activity allows children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

 

 

In Robin Class, children use the NSPCC PANTS resources to help them understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

 

 

 

UK Parliament Week allows our children to connect with the UK Parliament and democracy in the UK. Through activities, our children explore what democracy means to them and their community. 

 

In Key Stage 2, children use the St John Ambulance resources to learn basic first aid skills for common injuries.

 

 

Each year, we participate in the national Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day. Through a range of activities, we raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and aim to empower our children with tools to prevent and respond to bullying.

We also celebrate Neurodiversity Week and Children's Mental Health Week.

Safe in Our Hands Accreditation

 

In the summer term 2022, we received the renewal for our "Safe in Our Hands" accreditation. This is awarded by West Berkshire Council to schools which are successfully developing and implementing anti-bullying approaches and cultures.

The assessor was particularly impressed with our Wellbeing Warriors scheme and how our PSHE curriculum promotes positive relationships.

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Pupil voice

 

What do our children think of PSHE?

 

"I enjoy the Calm Me time because it makes me focus ready for the lesson."

"I'm the only boy in the class who doesn't like football so I sometimes feel left out. Jigsaw makes me feel happy because I fit in with everyone."

"I like Jigsaw because it will help me to make good decisions when I'm older. The Calm Me time also helps me to relax."

"I like the Calm Me bit because everyone is calm and ready to learn."

"I like how everyone gets involved. Everyone's opinions are treated equally."

"It makes me feel together with everyone in my class."

"I talk more in Jigsaw sessions - not in a bad way! I'm feeling more confident to share my opinions."

 

 

 

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