PSHE at Eaton Park
Subject leader: Mrs S Ball
Subject coach: Mrs Bell
Link governor: Mrs. Gething
At Eaton Park Academy, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent, confident and responsible members of society. It is our intent to help our pupils understand how they are developing personally and socially, but to also give them the tools to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues which are part of growing up.
It is our intent to provide the children with opportunities to experience the diverse nature of society today. Eaton Park Academy pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of self-worth by playing important roles in contributing to school life and our local community. We feel we have a PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all pupils through discussions, independent thinking, group work and purposeful activities.
The Subject Leader:
As part of my role as PSHE lead, I am responsible for ensuring the PSHE strands of knowledge are felt throughout the whole curriculum, and in the way the pupil’s manage their own feelings, interact with others in daily school life and understand how to live a healthier life. Through my research, I believe that the use of the Jigsaw tool is one of the most successful ways our children can feel comfortable talking about the sensitive subjects which develop their personal skills and attributes. I ensure I am kept up to date with innovative ideas and local events which may support our PSHE curriculum. I advance my own CPD by using the PSHE association website, and the resources available through the Jigsaw programme. I follow threads and discussions on twitter, and in the news about the new SRE guidelines and liaise with the link Governor to update her at regular intervals. To ensure an effective PSHE curriculum, I monitor teaching and learning across the academy through lesson observations, book scrunities and pupil voice. This gives me a picture of the subject and take action, where necessary. I also ensure teachers have all they need in terms of resources to teach PSHE effectively. Where needed I share information to staff. This is usually in the form of staff meetings and email updates. I do this, so I am able to improve the standards of teaching and learning. I make myself available, and all staff know that they can come and speak to me if they need direction on anything to do with PSHE.
Personal, social and health (PSHE) education is a vital part of our pupil’s education. PSHE is a statutory part of our curriculum, and the lesson focuses meet the needs of our children at specific points throughout their education. By using Jigsaw as a tool to deliver the curriculum, The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the statutory guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the year. We will provide our children with opportunities to share their thoughts, dreams and ambitions in a safe and nurturing environment. Children will have the opportunity to learn character building skills in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, with experienced teachers and teaching assistants following the set learning intention. Evidence collected in PSHE lessons, such as mixed ability pairing work, photographs, jottings etc are kept in a separate book which the children take pride in. Evidence outside of the discreet lesson is highlighted by the use of the Jigsaw logo.
Our PSHE curriculum will be delivered using the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme, which is a comprehensive programme specifically aimed at primary PSHE including the statutory Relationships and Health Education element. The age banded lessons and focus sessions will support emotional literacy and build resilience in our pupils whilst nurturing their mental and physical health. The Jigsaw lessons will be implemented by the use of interactive games, music and special launch assemblies which will encourage mindfulness, concentration and a sense of focus. Our lessons bring together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. The whole school approach, shows children 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 units of work for each year band are (1 per half term)
1. Being Me in My world – Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community.
2. Celebrating Difference- Included anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included), and diversity work.
3. Dreams and Goals- Includes goal setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
4. Healthy Me- Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
5. Relationships- includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
6. Changing Me- This element included sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. Age appropriate sex education will be covered in this half term.
Early Years Foundation Stage:
An important prime area in EYFS is Personal, Social and Emotional Development. This ensures a focus on making relationships, self-confidence, self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviours is paramount. Practitioners are encouraged to support interactions between children, support those children who struggle to make friends and provide enabling environments to develop confidence and ensure safe play. Feelings and behaviours are spoken about in short lessons where children are given the opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts and ideas.
Assessment for learning:
Assessment of this subject is on-going over the year. EYFS pupils are regularly observed to ensure they are meeting the age appropriate objective, and KS1 and 2 pupils are assessed via discussion, observation and short activities.
PSHE within other curriculum subjects:
RE – RE and PSHE work simultaneously together, so skills taught and practised in PSHE are used to develop a compassionate and respectful nature when learning about other Religions and beliefs. The children are taught about a range of different religions, and through the work in PSHE they are confident to ask questions and be inquisitive.
PE – A significant element of PSHE is children being aware of how to look after their bodies and understanding how their bodies are affected by different activities. Through physical education lessons children are not only taught the physical aspect but also begin to learn about what their bodies are doing during the lessons. Children begin to be aware of how their body works whilst exercising, understanding the effects that physical activity has on their body and how these can benefit them.
English – English skills are developed in the PSHE sessions through the Eaton Park Speakers (EPS) objectives. Children are encouraged to use their speaking and listening skills, in turn taking and joining in with the lesson focus. English reading and writing skills are built upon when appropriate, and any written based activities are differentiated. Within English lessons, children read a range of texts, including poetry. These texts often have a theme which can be related to the personal and social elements of the PSHE curriculum allowing children to explore the feelings of others.
Science – Science links well with PSHE, particularly in terms of children’s health. The importance of healthy eating and understanding a balanced diet, being aware of the food groups and their importance within the diet are covered in science lessons, and are built upon by the PSHE curriculum. Children also learn about their personal hygiene (including oral care), the spread of germs and diseases and ways to prevent these- this happens in EYFS and KS1 very practically.
History – Within our history lessons our pupils are explore a range of different eras, and see how life was in those days. Through experiences outside of school such as local museum visits, our pupils are encouraged to think about how they would feel in that era and consider the emotions of children of a similar age.
The Relationships and Changing Me Puzzles have a strong safeguarding focus in particular, obvious to teachers but not necessarily so explicit to children. Our philosophy is to grow resilience and positive self-esteem and confidence in children, so they can recognise when they feel uncomfortable in a situation and know who to trust and how to speak up for help. They respect themselves and their bodies and know what healthy relationships feel like.
We will give children the experiences both inside and outside of school to develop personal growth, so they are enabled to become global citizens within a global community. At Eaton Park Academy, we have a range of days out, visits and experiences throughout the academic year which have a focus on PSHE.
Anti-bullying week – we learn to value that each of us is different but we are all equal, an assembly and focused PSHE lessons throughout the week to support this.
Dougie Mac – we support a local charity by dressing up and raising money, we bring a pound to school to send to this charity.
Children in Need – we support this charity by having a dressing up day, a whole school assembly, and by purchasing items to wear.
Food Bank- we support the local food bank at harvest time.
Visits to the local retirement village- boogie beats and reading sessions.
School nurse visits.
Trips and visits 3 x per year for each year group include local museums such as Hanley Museum and Gladstone.
‘Jigsaw Jo helps us with our learning, and I like it when we close our eyes and think of ways to help people’. April Year 2
‘Sometimes we get to help each other with worries, like when we are worried about coming into year 2’. Elliot Year 2
‘I like PSHE lessons because it gets everyone talking, we talk about pets, things we like and we can talk about how we feel’. Ronnie Year 6
‘I enjoy getting to know people, and helping them with their worries’. Sky Year 6
‘In PSHE we can all sit together and learn different things, like how people feel different and how families are different’. Ben Year 3
‘PSHE helps us talk about our feelings, because it’s quiet and everyone listens to us’. Tommy Year 3
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