Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
At Parkhead Community Primary School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education (PSHCE) is an important and necessary part of pupils’ education. It is essential for their emotional wellbeing and growth. Our PSHCE 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. With an ever-changing society, we are able to 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. Children will be able to develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
The intent of our PSHCE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know more, remember more and understand more. PSHE is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society.
Through our PSHCE lessons we aim to:
- Equip all children with the skills and knowledge to live healthy, safe, responsible and balanced lives.
- Encourage all children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
- Support the personal development of pupils by building their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and enable them to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions.
- Allow children to develop an understanding of themselves, manage their emotions, develop empathy and deal with change.
- Provide our children with opportunities for them to fully engage and learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live, and to respect others as equals.
- Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
At Parkhead Primary School we use the Jigsaw programme to teach PSHCE. We allocate one lesson to PSHCE each week in order to teach the PSHCE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. The lessons are taught by the class teacher. These explicit lessons are then reinforced and enhanced in many ways within school e.g. assemblies, displays, visitors in school, themed days/weeks and in the wider curriculum.
We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community and our learning is repeatedly referred to throughout the school day. Accompanying each unit is a Knowledge organiser which contains key vocabulary and information about objectives covered within the unit, this allows class teachers to revisit previous learning, target their questioning and introduce new vocabulary as well as recapping previously taught vocabulary. Jigsaw PSHCE contains both formative and summative assessment opportunities that support teachers to assess PSHCE knowledge, and how these are applied within social and emotional skills development.
EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHCE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Birth to 5 matters’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHCE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. Pupils are taught PSHCE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and aims to prepare children for life, helping them to value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. It also has links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
PSHCE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
The impact of our PSHCE learning will be measured through:
- Class discussions during PSHCE lessons
- Pupil voice
- Monitoring of PSHCE learning in children’s books
- Children’s self and peer assessment
- Teacher assessment
Through our whole school approach using Jigsaw, all children at Parkhead Primary School will, over time, learn to develop positive and healthy relationships with themselves and their peers both now and in the future. We believe that our curriculum will prepare children for the next stage in their education and ensure our pupils value their well-being, mental health and good citizenship, as well as preparing them for the adult world. The impact of our PSHCE curriculum will allow children to become confident learners that take ownership of their work and their actions. Children will also understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
The impact of our PSHCE curriculum will mean that pupils leave Parkhead Primary School with a confident image of themselves as valued people who are equipped to manage situations that arise in their lives, both socially and personally. Safeguarding and internet safety included in our curriculum will provide our children with a safe environment in which they will learn how to deal with the constant pressures of social media that confront them today. Our pupils will move forward into the world as happier, confident young people that know how best to manage situations and know who to turn to in order to seek help.