Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
At Belmont Primary School, PSHE is a journey the children follow throughout their school life. It is central to our school ethos and it equips children with the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage healthy, safe and responsible lives.
- The children have accurate and relevant knowledge of PSHE which gives them the opportunity to explore a range of values, attributes and rights and responsibilities.
- They are given a range of opportunities to develop a personal understanding.
- Children will develop a range of skills and strategies to live a health, safe, responsible and balance life.
Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of the subject. One timetabled PSHE lesson per week is taught throughout the school and delivered in an age-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the curriculum and is known as Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). It is an area of learning which looks at the child’s wellbeing – knowing who they are, where they fit in as well as developing respect for others, social competence and a positive disposition to learn.
Our PSHE curriculum is Jigsaw which includes opportunities to link learning with the British Values, SMSC and Key Skills. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables us to generate a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
There are many other opportunities where children are involved in PSHE outside of the discreet lesson, including assemblies where a range of themes are covered.
Some of these include cross curriculum teaching, the school council (there are 2 representatives from each class from Yr 3 to Yr 6), Year 6 House Captains, joint activities between year groups such as our ‘Reading Buddies’ and regular performances for parents.
- Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards schools. Attendance is in-line with the national and behaviour is very good.
- Children will become healthy and responsible members of society
- Children are on a journey that is preparing them to be a global citizen and in their future roles in the global community.
Recent Event: Anti-Bullying Week ‘Change Starts with us’
This year for Anti-Bullying week, we support the Anti-Bullying Alliance with the theme ‘Change Starts with us’. This was enriched by ‘The Bigger Picture’ assembly and workshops run by Bigfoot Arts Education. Year 3-6 were led through a programme, which focused on the relationships we form with others as well as embracing and celebrating differences. There was an engaging 45 minute assembly which was followed by a workshop for each class. The children had great fun while being encouraged to respect themselves and each other at school, in their homes, communities and online.
PSHE Curriculum: Jigsaw: The Mindful approach to PSHE
Jigsaw has two aims for children, which are to build their capacity for learning and to equip them for life. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education and mindfulness. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables us to generate a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same theme at the same time. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Autumn 1: Being me in my world
Autumn 2: Celebrating difference
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing me
What else is included in Jigsaw?
There are Jigsaw Friends (jigsaw-shaped soft toys) and Jigsaw chimes. The Jigsaw programme is underpinned by mindfulness. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through both taught lessons and the Calm Me time exercises.
At Belmont Primary School, we see PSHE as a journey the children follow from Nursery to Year 6. To showcase this fantastic journey and the opportunities the children are given each class has their own PSHE scrapbook. This is a place where we can record the different activities the children have taken part in from voting in School Council to exciting workshops and trips.
NB: 2019-20 - PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education are currently under review in preparation for the statutory requirements for September 2020.