Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
Relationships and Health Education
"PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge,
understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society."
PSHE Association, 2017
The skills taught and learnt in PSHE at Brightwell School help pupils to understand their own personal value, and how as individuals they fit into and contribute to the world. PSHE helps to develop emotional literacy, build resilience, and supports mental and physical wellbeing, in turn supporting emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Through our PSHE teaching, we are committed to enhancing and promoting our core values of Resilience, Respect and Reflection and the guidance: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" Luke 6:31.
Our PSHE teaching and learning is also further supported by our termly Christian Values. These are:
- Compassion and Forgiveness
All classes at Brightwell School undertake weekly PSHE lessons which follow Jigsaw 3-11, a fully planned and spiralling/progressive PSHE scheme. "Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn. Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11. It includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
As a school, we follow a set theme each half term, which is introduced, in a whole school assembly.
Being Me in My World
This 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.
This 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 ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals
This aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks.
This 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.
This 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.
This 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.
Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:
- To build their capacity for learning
- To equip them for life; Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.
All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. We make cross-curricular links between PSHE and other subjects; this is particularly true and relevant in English, Religious Education, Physical Education, History and Geography, with other content also linking to Maths, Science and Computing.
PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricula lessons and discrete lessons.
During PSHE sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them.
In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. As the year progresses, we respond flexibly to the children’s needs, gradually introducing the different aspects of the Jigsaw scheme as appropriate.
Our PSHE teaching and learning is further enhanced through participation in schemes such as Junior Citizens, IMPS, NSPCC Speak out, and the Stay Safe programme. We also benefit from visits from local policing teams in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life as a whole – in pupils’ good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
- be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open-minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
Relationships and Sex (RSE) and Health Education Policy