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.