At Newport Community School Primary Academy, we cover the National Curriculum guidelines for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and the statutory guidance for Relationships and Sex education (RSE) by using the Jigsaw PSHE programme.
Jigsaw PSHE structures learning into six areas: Being Me In My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, and Changing Me. The teaching in these areas is often linked to other subjects in Learning Explorations, but where links would not be meaningful, teaching is discrete. Jigsaw PSHE covers teaching of the protected characteristics.
Jigsaw PSHE gives children the opportunities and experiences they need to develop an appreciation and understanding of themselves, others and the world around them. It will allow pupils to develop the skills, attributes, knowledge and confidence they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and become ‘lifelong learners’.
Taught through the Jigsaw programme, RSE promotes children’s understanding of positive and healthy relationships with themselves and others, including sexual relationships and prepares them for the emotional and physical changes that they will experience as they grow up. As a result, children develop the attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding to make informed choices about their relationships. Parents and carers are consulted and given information about the content of SRE lessons, and offered the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the subject leader.
The school takes part in visits and assemblies from visitors such as the fire service, lifeguards from the local beaches and the NSPCC to support children. Children are also aware of systems to report concerns about their own safety and wellbeing, with NSPCC and mental health and wellbeing posters clearly displayed around school, and worry boxes and ‘ask it baskets’ available for children to share worries or questions they may have.
Newport Community School Primary Academy acknowledges mental health and wellbeing as a whole school responsibility, with the overall aim of helping to develop resilience and coping strategies, which support overall well-being. The school’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Team meets termly and is responsible for developing the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, strategically focusing on the mental health and well-being of children and adults within the school community and collaborative work and effective links with partners, including NHS mental health services.
Children who require additional support with their mental health are supported by the school’s Inclusion Team of Learning Mentor and Additional Needs Lead Practitioners, and may also be referred to Public Health Nursing or CAMHS.