Our PSHE/RSHE (Personal Social and Health Education and Relationships, Sex and Health Education) curriculum is part of us living out the school vision of 'excellence' in that we learn how to keep ourselves mentally and physically safe so that our pupils know how they can stay healthy, safe, thrive and live life to its fullness. Our PSHE/RSHE curriculum is fundamental in enabling our school community to live out the second aspect of our school vision 'seek to understand ourselves and to understand others'. Children are given opportunities to think and develop an awareness and understanding for others and to celebrate differences both in their immediate peer community and on an national and international scale.
At St Paul’s, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE (called Jigsaw), it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. The intent of our PSHE/RSHE curriculum is to equip our children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish and to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
Jigsaw PSHE/RSHE directs our aim on developing the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of;
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is by the time children leave St Paul’s they will:
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.
What does our PSHE/RSHE Curriculum teach about LGBQT relationships?
At St Paul's we allocate 1 lesson (approx 45mins to 1 hour) to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. The lessons are taught by the class teacher so that the content learnt in the lesson can be revisited or recapped at appropriate times during the week. Lessons incorporate a 'Connect us' session - this is a game or activity designed to be fun and inclusive and to build and maximise social skills.
Lessons provide the children with activities such as drama, circle times, discussions so that the children can develop skills and understanding that they can apply in their everyday lives. Throughout Jigsaw, children are encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress. By reflecting, children can process and evaluate what they have learnt, which enables them to consolidate and apply their learning. They are also asked to stop and become aware of their thoughts and feelings in any given moment and to consider whether what they are learning may be particularly meaningful to them.
The PSHE curriculum is part of our whole school approach in supporting our children with their development of becoming resilient individuals who can lead their lives in a safe way being respectful and understanding of others around them. This is nurtured further through:
- our school community living out the School Vision
- Collective Worships which identify how Jesus taught us how to live our lives and to love others
- Picture News Collective Worships where we identify and explore worldwide issues
- Our Children's Charter
- Being a UNICEF Rights Respecting School
Parents/carers are consulted on a yearly basis on the content of our RSHE curriculum.
PSHE/RSHE Curriculum Long Term Overview
Knowledge and Skills Progression Maps
The positive impact of our PSHE curriculum is seen in the individuals who leave our school in Year Six, ready for their next step into Secondary school and are armed with skills, knowledge and understanding that they can take forward into adulthood.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE curriculum can skill our pupils in tackling barriers, raising aspirations and improve their life chances.
Our pupils leave us prepared for life in an ever-changing modern Britain. They have the tools they need to succeed, keep themselves safe and thrive.
The impact of our PSHE lessons is regularly assessed. At the end of each session the teacher assesses each child on their knowledge and understanding of the content of that lesson. This may be through observation, verbal/drama contribution, post-it notes or jamboards or through an activity such as designing a poster. This sequence of assessment points for each lesson then supports the class teacher in making a summative judgement about the child's progress in PSHE at the end of every half term. Parent and carers are able to access both the data for the individual lessons as a mark book as well as looking at the summative data for their child. The content of lessons is recorded on a google school based website, which acts a virtual floor book, so that the children can look back and reflect upon what they have learnt during a Puzzle Piece (Unit of Work).
The Subject Lead ensures that the assessment data and Google Sites are kept up to date and relevant. The PSHE lead also conducts learning walks and pupil voice interviews to identify the children's view about their learning in PSHE.
A Sample of some of the work we cover in PSHE/Jigsaw lessons