Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.
At Servite, we use a planned programme of learning in partnership with JIGSAW through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. Our curriculum develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. We have 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.
The Jigsaw PSHE relationship and sex education units of work aim to give children their entitlement to information about relationships, puberty and human reproduction, appropriate to their ages and stages of development. This work is treated in a matter-of-fact and sensitive manner to allay embarrassment and fear and helps children to cope with change, including puberty and to learn about families, friendships and healthy relationships.
Our PSHE curriculum, supplements our statutory RSE curriculum.
Our PSHE curriculum
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- promotes British values
Included in our PSHE curriculum are aspects of Relationship and Sex Education. This area of the subject aims to
- enable young people to understand and respect their bodies, and be able to cope with the changes puberty brings, without fear or confusion
- help young people develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age, development etc. (respect for self and others)
- support young people to have positive self-esteem and body image, and to understand the influences and pressures around them
- empower them to be safe and safeguarded
Half Termly Themes (Puzzles)
Being Me in My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via teamwork skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.
You can find further details about JIGSAW in this guide for parents.
At Servite, the children meet every Friday afternoon in our 'Pupil Circles'.
The mixed-age circle groups involve all the children from Year 1 to 6, with each group containing three or four children from each year group. The circles are facilitated by a class teacher or member of the leadership team and these teachers rotate once a half-term in order to work with different groups of children.
The circles help to break down the hierarchies that exist within the school and make each child aware that their opinion is important and valued by the school, whether they are the Head Boy in Year 6 or a child that has just started in Year 1.
It also gives every child the right to be heard and feel the value of their contribution. The circles are led by the Year 6 children within them – these children are responsible for leading the conversation, making notes on what each circle has discussed each week and ensuring that all the children in the circle are involved. This builds excellent leadership skills within our Year 6
Each pupil circle begins with a ‘sticky question’, which the group discusses. The aim is to celebrate the idea that people think differently about things, that it’s OK to disagree and interesting to see why other people think what they think.
The Pupil Circles really strengthen the bonds in our school community. They allow children from each year to speak with those younger and older than themselves, building bonds and making friendships they otherwise may not make. The circles also allow every teacher to talk to and know something about all the children in the school – an extremely valuable opportunity for both.