Personal and Social development plays an important role in everyday life at Iford and Kingston CE Primary School. Our school’s intent for PSHE learning is for our children to be happy, healthy, safe and listened to. We encourage children to be reflective of their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially. We support them to understand and respect the diversity and differences in our communities, form effective and fulfilling relationships and build emotional resilience. We believe it is important for children to recognise their own self-worth and become increasingly responsible for their own learning and behaviours.
The statutory guidance covers three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
We use a combination of the Jigsaw scheme of work and Educator Solutions scheme of work to implement the PSHE and RSHE curriculum. We have also implemented a comprehensive school-wide approach to Therapeutic Thinking in our Behaviour Policy. Additionally, we have incorporated the Zones of Regulation into our Nurture and Wellbeing curriculum. This supports our aim of developing the whole child through a spiral curriculum approach developing knowledge, skills and understanding.
The focus areas in the Jigsaw scheme are;
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
The Educator Solutions scheme of work particularly supports our teaching and learning of Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). It is divided up into 6 key areas of focus which are;
- My feelings
- My Body
- My relationships
- My Beliefs
- My rights and responsibilities
- Asking for help
These areas are developed throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. Learning is progressive from one year to the next enabling pupils to build on and develop their knowledge and understanding further.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part in children’s development and wellbeing therefore, it is taught weekly during discrete lessons. This enables staff to ensure that a full coverage of PSHE is taught. In addition to this there may be occasions where teachers feel it is important to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. This ensures that our PSHE curriculum meets the individual needs and development of the children.
Themed weeks with a PSHE focus include activities and discussions around areas such as Anti Bullying and Children’s Mental Health Week. Where possible people are invited into school to share their roles and responsibilities, such as firefighters from the local fire station.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Our termly values are formed from Values for Life. Children’s achievements are celebrated during a weekly celebration assembly. This includes a Kindness Award to celebrate and promote a culture of kindness.
By the time our children leave our school we aim for them to:
- be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- appreciate difference and diversity
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem
The impact of our PSHE curriculum is reflected through the behaviours and attitudes of our pupils and their relationships with each other. Pupil voice and ongoing assessments show progress within various aspects of PSHE. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring.
“I love circle times because we get to talk about our feelings”.