Subject Lead: Miss A Hewitt
Curriculum Rationale - PSHE including SRE
At Lingey House, we offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded. As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. We want our children to become ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society as well as the global community. PSHE is delivered throughout the school from Nursery – Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, using the Jigsaw PSHE programme. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures.
In the Early Years, PSHE is referred to as personal, social and emotional development. This area of learning is concerned with wellbeing – knowing who you are, where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn. Children will learn to form positive relationships that support mutual respect and understanding and that celebrate and acknowledge differences. With adults as guides and role models, children will gain a knowledge and understanding of their own culture and community to help them develop a sense of belonging and a strong self-image. Role play, stories, films and songs are used to help children explore their own culture and appreciate the similarities and differences in those of others. A positive self-image and high self-esteem will be encouraged to give children the confidence to make the most of opportunities, to communicate effectively and to explore the world around them. Children will learn about different kinds of relationships. Being with the same adults and children regularly gives them the time and opportunity to develop relationships that promote social success. Children are encouraged to think about and practise ways of solving problems to help them to feel capable of responding to challenges.
Key Stage 1 and 2
The teaching of PSHE is a whole school approach and not just an individual subject; therefore, the PSHE curriculum is covered in school in many ways. Discrete lessons are taught weekly using the Jigsaw programme to enhance our PSHE curriculum. This resource will support our school to provide a comprehensive programme that combines the new statutory content for Relationships Education and Health Education and Sex Education. The class teacher will usually be responsible for teaching PSHE to their own class. The class teacher will know the children in their class and this will ensure that the curriculum content meets the needs of the children. It will also enable the class teacher to extend and enhance the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding throughout the school year and make reference to current and previous learning as necessary when opportunities arise across the school day.
There will be half termly assemblies which will introduce the new focus to the whole school.
As a result of strong teaching and learning in PSHE as well as a progressive curriculum of skills and knowledge, we are providing our children with the lifelong skills and knowledge to:
Act as kind, socially intelligent and resilient members of the community, who contribute to society.
Show empathy, respect and value to everyone, maintaining successful relationships with others.
Develop both enjoyment and skill in their areas of interests.
Work successfully alongside others in a range of situations.
Develop the relevant knowledge and understanding of how society functions and why.
Display our school values and British values.
Articulate themselves with confidence, listening well to others and holding effective conversations.
Show awareness and vigilance to stay safe, both in the online and offline world.
Use social media responsibly and safely.
Know (and make use of) ways of keeping physically and mentally well.
Work with curiosity and creativity in all they do.
Take pride in their achievements and successes but act reflectively by finding ways to improve themselves.
Challenge themselves in all they do, facing setbacks and hardship with resilience.
Aspire to be the best they can be and feel success in all they do.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
To find out more about Jigsaw please click on the link below to access a Parent/Carer information guide and our Jigsaw PSHE Policy.
An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term.
There are four main aims of teaching RSE:
Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), this information with be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.
Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:
• Foundation Stage – Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Year 1 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Year 2 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Year 3 – How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Year 4 – Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
• Year 5 – Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Year 6 – Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby
Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below: