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PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives, both 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. A quality PHSE curriculum is at the heart of our pastoral curriculum offer which also supports the schools vision and values that transcend across all aspects of school life at Lings Primary School.

The National Curriculum says that every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
  • promotes British values.

From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.

At Lings Primary we follow The Jigsaw Programme as the basis for our PHSE lessons. Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Jigsaw is comprehensive programme, including statutory Relationships and Health Education, Internet safety and anti-bullying. It is planned in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. 

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (known as Puzzles), each containing six lessons (known as Pieces) covering each academic year. The six units are consistent across the school and the subject is taught for one hour per week. Term 1- Being me in my world, Term 2- Celebrating difference, Term 3- Dreams and goals, Term 4- Healthy Me, Term 5- Relationships Term 6- Changing me. Every piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.

In addition to Jigsaw, the children are taught protective behaviours through a structured programme for one hour per term. The children understand the two protective behaviour statements ‘We all have the right to feel safe all of the time’, and ‘We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small’

Furthermore, children from Year Two onwards learn about important first aid skills within one PSHE lesson each term. The skills that are learned are Calling for HelpBites and StingsAsthmaBleeding and Life Support

Although regular time-tabled sessions will be a necessity, PSHE must also be taught incidentally and teachers must be flexible and respond to pupils’ needs and current world affairs.  Our School values and Celebration Assemblies which promote our values will also support the teaching of PSHE across the school.

It is also important that PSHE is taught in other areas of the curriculum, not just as a discrete lesson. At Lings Primary School, we aim to promote and reflect British Values in all that we do, including within PSHE lessons. We pride ourselves on a whole school approach to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of our pupils.

Jigsaw, protective behaviours and age-appropriate information about keeping safe is promoted on display boards in each classroom. Jigsaw and protective behaviours also support internet safety and anti-bullying (friendship week) events in school.

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