Personal Social and Health Education
Subject Lead: Mrs Clements
At Kimpton Primary, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It is a non-statutory subject that we regard very highly as it aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
“Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.” PSHE Association
Meet our puzzle piece characters...
Ask a child in each class what their puzzle piece is called.
PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. We deliver the PSHE curriculum through a range of different approaches:
- dedicated PSHE lessons - we use the Jigsaw scheme which fulfils the statutory and the non-statutory elements of the National Curriculum.
- circle time - there may be occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class.
- assemblies - PSHE is also plays a big role in our school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.
- school values and the teaching of the fundamental British Values are vehicles through which PSHE is taught throughout school.
- hub groups - these sessions always allow a PSHE focus and with such an age range in each group, there are endless opportunities for social and emotional aspects to be explored.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE is referred to as personal, social and emotional development. This area of your child's learning is concerned with well-being – knowing who you are, where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. PSHE is a Prime area that is recognised to support all aspects of life and learning.
From Years 1 - 6 we use a scheme called Jigsaw. This is a PSHE Education programme which has two aims for all children:
- To build their capacity for learning
- To equip them for life
The programme introduces the children to a variety of different situations and challenges their thinking in many different ways.
PSHE Lessons: The Jigsaw Puzzles (Units)
The Jigsaw scheme is structured into 6 half-termly Puzzles (units) with the whole school studying the same Puzzle at the same time.
This covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
This unit focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and con ict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
This unit aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges,
via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
This unit covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, rst aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
The Relationships unit has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss.
A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with computing, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
This unit deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.