Our intention is that when children leave Chew Stoke Church School, they will do so with strong knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. At Chew Stoke Church School, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. PSHE is taught across the school from Reception - Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting British values and our core Christian Values; friendship, love, trust, truthfulness, courage and compassion.
Throughout the school, we have adopted the Jigsaw scheme of work which aims to develop the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum. Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. This encourages building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
We believe that PSHE education plays a vital part in primary education so, as well as discrete lessons, it is embedded throughout the curriculum. British Values and Spirtual, Moral, Social and Cultural concepts are explored across our broad and balanced curriculum. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. In addition, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues.
Children are encouraged to adopt the ‘Effective Characteristics of Learning’ in order to be: Independent Enquirers, Resourceful Thinkers, Self Managers, Effective Participators, Reflective Learners and Team workers. PSHE lessons provide a multitude of opportunities to refine and develop these skills.
By the time children leave us they will:
- demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others.
- have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.
- take responsibility for their actions.
- have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships.
- have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
- demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
- be equipped to ‘reach for the stars’.
Assessment within discrete PSHE lessons, will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. Predetermined learning objectives allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons. Activities are included within lesson to give the children the opportunity to self-assess and these allow children the opportunity to identify areas for self-improvement.