PSHE & RSE
To provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
Pupils will take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they will learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Pupils at White House Farm Primary School will reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Children will learn to understand and respect their common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Using the scheme of work Jigsaw, PSHE and RSE at White House Farm Primary School will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
• Have a sense of purpose
• Value self and others
• Form relationships
• Make and act on informed decisions
• Communicate effectively
• Work with others
• Respond to challenge
• Be an active partner in their own learning
• Be active citizens within the local community
• Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
• Become healthy and fulfilled individuals
Whole-school approach Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year. 5 Approved by LGB1 September 2021
The six Puzzles are as follows:
Jigsaw brings together: PSHE education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
At White House Farm Primary School, at least 45 minutes of direct PSHE teaching and learning is allocated each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. WHF class teachers deliver the weekly lessons to their own classes.
These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways: Assemblies and collective worship, praise and reward system, Learning Charter, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school.
At White House Farm Primary School, we believe children should understand the facts about human reproduction before they leave primary school. Therefore, we have taken the decision to teach sex education to our children, even though it is not a requirement to do so.
At White House Farm Primary School, we conclude that SRE is: ‘lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings’ (Sex Education Forum, 1999)
Effective SRE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships. It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.
The Learning Environment: In order to get the best outcome from a Jigsaw session it will be necessary to establish a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike. To enable this, it is important that ‘ground rules’ are agreed and owned at the beginning of the year by using the WHF Behaviour Charter.
PSHE is based on many discussions. Teachers will continue to assess children throughout the sessions. Jigsaw has an assessment task with each puzzle which can be used at the discretion of the teacher.
The PSHE leader will monitor delivery of the programme through observation and discussion with teaching staff to ensure consistent and coherent curriculum provision.
Due to WHF being a phased build up to the full capacity of 420 pupils, in the first few years the head teacher will lead on subject areas such as PSHE.
Evaluation of the programme’s effectiveness will be conducted on the basis of:
• Pupil and teacher evaluation of the content and learning processes
• Where appropriate, staff meetings will be used to review and share experience