At Istead Rise we follow the JIGSAW programme of study for PSHE, which aims to support the development of the “whole child” by introducing them to a range of topics and by deepening their understanding of these as they move through the school. Each term begins with a shared assembly to stimulate the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity. These assemblies introduce the following themes:
· Being Me in My World
· Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
· Dreams and Goals
· Healthy Me
· Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Lessons are taught weekly across the school and teachers regularly adapt lessons to meet the specific needs of pupils in their class. PSHE lessons also offer opportunities for the children to broaden their understanding of the school’s core values: Independence, Respect, Perseverance and Self-Reflection as these are a key theme throughout the Jigsaw programme School staff are able to identify issues relevant to the school’s local community and teachers will tackle these issues during PSHE lessons, these include but are not limited to: road safety and internet safety.
Children’s learning is evidenced in various ways and are not exclusively recorded through written work. We believe that class discussions are an important part of PSHE as they enable children to learn skills needed to form an opinion or view about something in a safe environment . By exposing children to discussions, they are able to learn invaluable social skills and feel confident when speaking to other people. Teachers will assess children’s learning based on their ability to demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic.
Our PSHE programme helps our children to strengthen their understanding of their world and enhance their ability to communicate their feelings to others in a healthy way. We want all children to learn to value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.