At Roundswell Community Primary Academy, we believe that PSHE education is a fundamental part of every child’s education in order for them to become confident happy citizens. We aim to promote personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. We enable children to develop their sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. We feel that learning about the emotional and social aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to empower them to have safe and fulfilling relationships and to become independent, responsible members of society. Having introduced children to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that
they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society. Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover
the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.
Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
At Roundswell, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an
understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the ‘Jigsaw’.
PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims,
We believe that focusing on developing 'Learning Powers' with our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the use of Learning power puppets and carefully chosen language we use in class. The learning powers include; Non-Negotiable Ned, Communicating Claude, Persevering Pete, Curious Connie, Teamwork Tallulah, Improving Izzy and Concentrating Cuthbert.
PSHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.
Visitors such as the RNLI, emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values. Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
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
• Recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
• 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 relationship 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.
• Have a positive self esteem