What is PSHE Education?
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. Our PSHE education draws on good practice, and reflects the needs of our pupils. It builds, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on relationship and health education (RHE September 2020).
Why do we need to teach PSHE?
According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society,
- equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.
How have we decided to structure our PSHE Education Curriculum?
Here at All Saints’ we have purchased a scheme called ‘Jigsaw’ to assist in the delivery of our curriculum. Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for the whole primary school from Nursery through to Year 6. It was launched in July 2013 and hundreds of schools across the UK are using it. Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
- to build their capacity for learning
- to equip them for life
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and we are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. 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 staff and children alike. There will be a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect this learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
The Jigsaw resource supports our Christian vision ‘Building the bridge to success together’, providing opportunities for children and adults to:
- appreciate each individual, created by God
- celebrate similarities and differences
- grow and develop together.
There are 6 Puzzles, one for each half term starting in September of each academic year:
Being Me In My World
Dreams and Goals
More information about each of the Puzzles, and what each year group will cover, can be found in the leaflets ‘Jigsaw: Information Leaflet for Parents and Carers’ and ‘RSHE: A Guide for Parents and Carers’ which are also on the website. Parents will also be sent a half termly email with the overview of the content for that Puzzle.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the PSHE Curriculum or Jigsaw content, please contact your child’s teacher, Mr Brook (KS2 PSHE Lead) or Miss Parker (EYFS/KS1 PSHE Lead). We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this new scheme will have on the children’s learning throughout the year.