“I enjoy PSHE because it’s a time when you can reflect back on things that have gone well and not so well.”-Poppy
“I love PSHE as we get to talk about interesting subjects and we can give our opinions.”-Mika
At Manland we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw, to support the teaching of PSHE. It brings together a wide range of PSHE education, including emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (or puzzle) at the same time. Each puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Each year group is taught at least one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
There are weekly assembly opportunities that highlight a theme from that week’s lessons across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and think about how they relate to other people in our ever-changing world.
Our PSHE curriculum is enriched in many ways, such as when we follow and support national innovatives such as , Anti-Bullying week and Jeans for Genes.
Our Aims – PSHE National Curriculum
There are three core themes of primary school PSHE as outlined below.
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World: economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen.
The Health and Wellbeing area of PSHE teaches children:
- What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
- How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
- Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
- How to manage change, including puberty, transition and loss
- How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing, and where to get help with this
- How to respond in an emergency
- To identify different influences on health and wellbeing
Pupils will learn things like the importance of personal hygiene; the physical differences between boys and girls; road safety, cycle safety and online safety; people who help us; how to talk about their feelings; and the benefits of physical activity.
The Relationship area of PSHE teaches children:
- How to develop and maintain a variety of relationships, within a range of social and cultural contexts
- How to recognise and manage emotions within relationships
- How to respond to risky or negative relationships, including bullying and abuse
- How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
- How to respect equality and diversity in relationships
Among other things, children will learn to recognise that their behaviour can affect other people; to listen to other people and work and play cooperatively; to identify special people in their lives (parents, siblings, friends) and how they should care for each other; what physical contact is acceptable; and what to do if they’re being bullied.
The Living in the Wider World area teaches children:
- About respect for themselves and others, and the importance of responsible actions and behaviour
- About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens
- About different groups and communities
- To respect equality and diversity, and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
- About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
- About where money comes from, keeping it safe, and the importance of managing it effectively
- The part that money plays in people’s lives
- A basic understanding of enterprise
Some of the things your child will learn include how to make and follow group, class and school rules; what protects and harms the environment; how to make choices about spending or saving money; ways in which we are all unique and the things we have in common; about basic human rights; and to respect national, regional, religious and ethnic identities.
Ways to Develop PSHE Skills at Home
- Be open with your children about thoughts and feelings and encourage them to do the same
- Ask your child to think about the different ways family and friends care for each other
- Encourage your child to talk about ways to keep healthy and fit
- Ask them how it felt when they fell out with one of their friends. Ask them how they resolved the situation
- Ask children to talk about their personal hygiene routines and why it is important, for example, to brush teeth regularly
- Read books with key messages in and discuss these with your child
- Discuss local or national news at an age appropriate level, in which you discuss how people have acted and why, as well as the impact this has had on others around them, both positively and negatively