PSHE

The Gossey Lane curriculum is designed so that our pupils are globally aware citizens who take advantage of experiences for learning, show responsibility and demonstrate the school values to support pupils throughout their lives. The aims of our PSHE curriculum is to perfectly connect the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, including emotional literacy and social skills. Through this learning, it is our intention to prepare children for life outside school, helping them to understand and value who they truly are and to know how they relate to other people in our ever-changing world. We use the Jigsaw PSHE scheme to help us achieve this.

Why do we teach PSHE?

As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and we therefore aim to encourage mutual respect and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. Through the use of Jigsaw, our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage
their lives. Our lessons cover the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. They helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Through Jigsaw, children develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members, members of society and the global community.

Jigsaw supports all requirements for the delivery of British Values,  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development and the Prevent Strategy. Each of these areas have been mapped throughout the scheme to ensure full coverage. Jigsaw also incorporates the necessary content as set out by the Department for Education’s ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’ statutory guidance. 

How do we teach PSHE?

The Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work is taught through weekly sessions led by teachers and teaching assistants. There are 6 Jigsaw Puzzles (half-termly units) designed to ensure the whole school can study the same learning theme at the same time. They are carefully planned and resourced so that each year group works at its own level. Examples of the children’s learning and discussion is evidenced in the class PSHE book.

The Puzzles work in sequence and develop throughout each academic year. These are the six puzzle pieces:

  •  Being Me in My World
  •  Celebrating Difference 
  •  Dreams and Goals
  •  Healthy Me
  •  Relationships
  •  Changing Me

Sensitive and controversial issues are certain to arise in learning from real-life experience. Teachers are well prepared to handle personal issues arising from the work. They will deal sensitively with disclosures made within a group or individual setting and follow these up appropriately.  Issues addressed are likely to be sensitive and controversial because they may have a political, social or personal impact or deal with values and beliefs including: family lifestyles and values, physical and medical issues, financial issues, bullying and bereavement.

Where political or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, teachers will ensure balanced views are presented. Pupils will be taught how to recognise bias and evaluate evidence. Teachers will also ensure pupils feel confident to express reasonable points of view that contradict others (either their class teachers or their peers) in a safe classroom environment.

For a brief overview of the statutory and non-statutory topics covered through Relationships, Sex and Health Education
please click here. You can also view Jigsaw’s RSE Parents and Carers Information Leaflet for further information. 

For more information about the content of our PSHE curriculum please click here to view our content overview. You can also look at the Information Leaflet for Parents and Carers created by Jigsaw.

What difference does PSHE make?

The impact of teaching PSHE in this way is that children develop an awareness of themselves and the part they play in the wider world, encouraging them to have a positive impact on society.

 

Our Jigsaw PSHE scheme enables pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals