Arunside holds the personal development of children at its heart, and recognises the importance of developing pupils understanding and valuing of how they fit into and contribute to the world around them. Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum is taught through the ‘Jigsaw’ Programme, as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.
With an emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver an engaging and relevant PSHE curriculum, fully compliant with the DFE statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education (RHE). Through a mindful approach, children are supported to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Lessons are carefully mapped to evidence how they contribute to the schools wider Safeguarding and Equality Duties, British Values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.
A focus on rights, responsibilities and citizenship enables us to put cultural capital at the centre of PSHE lessons, helping pupils to understand and navigate a rapidly changing 21st Century world. Citizenship, at school, community, national and global levels are integral and the uniqueness of individuals is celebrated. Developing resilience is also a key component of PSHE lessons and a ‘golden-thread’ that runs through the entire Jigsaw programme. Physical health is covered, supporting both the PE and science curriculum, which includes understanding the importance of physical activity, diet, personal hygiene and where to access support. Safety education is also integral and pupils will learn about personal safeguarding, safeguarding of others, first aid and how to access help and support if needed. This work is also underpinned by developing positive mental health to cope with life’s opportunities and challenges now and into the future.
Jigsaw offers a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning. Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.
We allocate at least one-hour lesson time to Jigsaw each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way, with class teachers delivering the weekly lessons to their own classes. These explicit lessons are also reinforced and enhanced in many ways such as assemblies and collective worship, our ‘Building Learning Power’ characters (metacognition), praise and reward systems, Learning Charters, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school.
Autumn 1 :
Being Me in My World
Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.
Autumn 2 :
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding
Spring 1 :
Dreams and Goals
Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society
Spring 2 :
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise
Summer 1 :
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss
Summer 2 :
Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change
We aim to ‘live’ what is learned and apply it to everyday situations in the school community. Capturing the thoughts and views of our children is integral to assessing the impact PSHE is having on the personal development of our pupils.
I have enjoyed talking about the hopes and dreams you can have and how to achieve them!… I like learning about all the stuff that’s happening in the world and being more aware of it… I have learned that even if you are disabled or poor, it doesn’t mean you can’t be happy…I enjoyed taking part in safer internet day… I made some pictures for my family to calm them down because they can’t see their friends and family…I enjoyed making the anti-racism ribbons…I have worked harder to accomplish my dream… My dream is that everybody is equal and there’s no bullying…I’d like to start a charity or start a business when I am older… I’d like to play rugby for England, to make it happen I will need to work really hard and embrace every opportunity… My goal is to do my best in school, pass my SATs tests and do well in secondary school
We have learned about direct and indirect bullying, racism, sexism and homophobia…We all share similarities and differences…I enjoyed making the anti-bullying boards and the culture wheels…Our class love the warm up games and ‘connect us’ activities at the start of each lesson…I enjoy ‘calm me’ time…Jigsaw has helped me to understand how people feel when things like bullying happen…It makes me understand how lucky I am.
I have learned that it is OK to be different, we are all different!…I have enjoyed the ‘connect me’ games and the ‘calm me’ chimes…At playtime we make sure that we have someone to play with, so no one is on their own…I enjoyed it when my teacher said ‘You can be anything that you want to be’, because I want to be a dancer, I am good at dancing…I liked using the worry monsters and colouring my own one, I can think about this if I am worried again.
When I feel cross at home, I go to my room to stop and take a ‘paws’ pause like Jerry Cat. Then I can solve the problem better…Sometimes people feel sad when they don’t reach their goals, but you shouldn’t give up…People can try and try again to get better at things…You need to show determination and keep trying to reach your goals…You need to be positive if things don’t go well because they might get better next time.
Y3 and Y4 pupils
I have enjoyed learning about kindness, being kind helped me at breaktime…We have learned about being the same and being different…I love calm me time…If I have a sad feeling at home, I pretend there’s a chime bar and I close my eyes…When I do the breathing, it makes me feel calm…I know that grown ups at school help to keep us safe…In my class we help each other, we are kind, we share and we are friends…When we are safe and happy it means we can learn new things every day.
Royal Courts of Justice Visit Year 5/6
First Aid Training KS1
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