PHSE & RSE
What is PSHE Education?
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an integral part of our curriculum through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and as part of a whole-school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE and Well-being - INTENT
Our school embraces physical and mental well-being and how it underpins everything a child is and will be in the future. This is reflected in all that we do.
All children should have a good knowledge of physical and mental well-being and its importance to their life.
All children can draw upon a variety of experiences and opportunities to give them strategies to help support both themselves and others in terms of their physical and mental well-being.
What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
• promotes British values.
From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
What is Jigsaw PSHE and how is it implemented?
To guide and frame the teaching of PSHE and RSE at Newport Community School Primary Academy, we are proud to use a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw PSHE. Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development. It embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.
Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. It includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, allowing for whole school themes. 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.
The different puzzle pieces are:
By the time children leave our school, we hope for all children:
to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
To have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships.
To have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
To have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.