PSHE, RSE & Promoting British Values
(PSHE: Personal, Social and Health Education; RSE: Relationships and Sex Education)
At Beech Grove Primary School, our aim is to provide a high-quality PSHE curriculum which gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives by accepting and embracing any challenges they face. Our curriculum develops pupils' ability to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. It is important that children develop resilience and that they know how and when to ask for help.
Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
Our PSHE curriculum is high quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate. It prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It also promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils, as they move up through the school.
We follow the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme of Work. Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Reception through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural development), Rights Respecting Schools (learning about United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child) and British Values are also a key part of the Jigsaw scheme. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.
Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme ('puzzle') at the same time. This enables each puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Please see below, a brief overview of the areas covered across the year:
|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||Celebrating Difference||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||Healthy Me||Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise|
|Summer 1||Relationships||Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss|
|Summer 2||Changing Me||Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change|
There is also a weekly celebration assembly that highlights a theme from that week’s lessons across the school, and encourages children to demonstrate what they have learnt in their behaviour and attitudes.
There are Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with Pieces (lessons). Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage- appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways: through assemblies; our praise and reward system; Learning Charter and through the relationships we foster. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community. Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education.
Having a high quality PSHE curriculum is one way in which we support pupils' personal development. Alongside this, our wider curriculum, which includes visits, visitors, and enriching experiences, ensures that all our pupils receive the well-rounded education they need to lead happy and fulfilled lives.
All children understand the importance of PSHE, SMSC and British Values and the effects these can have on life in and out of school; this is evident through pupil voice and the work pupils complete.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE curriculum helps to tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes that our PSHE curriculum develops are essential for good academic attainment and high attendance rates.
By the time pupils leave Beech Grove, our learners are equipped with skills and knowledge they need to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. They understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
Our curriculum allows pupils 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.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Consultation
As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on their approaches to policy and the curriculum content.
As part of this, parents, staff and governors, were asked to read through two documents and to share their views by completing a brief questionnaire.
The two documents that you were asked to read as part of the consultation were our PSHE/RSE policy and a Jigsaw leaflet for parents (please see below in the further information section).
Thank you to everyone who completed our questionnaire or spoke to us about our approach to teaching PSHE/RSE at Beech Grove. Please follow the link below to see the results of this consultation: