At The Sherwood School, PSHE is interlinked throughout all our learning and daily school life. We believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is integral to providing a broad and balanced curriculum. We feel it is important to model positive decision-making and relationships with others in everything we do. We believe that good quality PSHE education prepares children for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, whilst also supporting the well-being of the children throughout their school career.
We are a Gold Rights Respecting School and believe that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is central to the values and ethos of the school. In all PSHE and cross-curricular education, an understanding of the rights of all children, worldwide, helps to build respect in all relationships both within the school and in the wider community.
Article 12: Children have the right to say what they think should happen, and to have their opinions taken into account.
Article 14: Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion as long as they are not stopping others from enjoying their rights.
Article 2: The convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
Article 24: Children have the right to good quality health care, to clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so they will stay healthy.”
Article 29: Education should develop each child’s talents and personality to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents and their own and other cultures.
Our intent is to build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the attainment of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. We aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society.
We realise the importance of preparing our children for the world in which we live today. We recognise that the personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We believe that PSHE is fundamental to the development of the individual potential of all of our children.
- To build a PSHE curriculum which builds an understanding of living in the wider world and the importance of building positive relationships. This will allow children to develop safe and healthy relationships now and in the future.
- To promote children’s moral, social, spiritual, cultural and physical development through a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.
- To develop children’s self-confidence and self-esteem so they can be active and happy members of the school community.
- To understand factors and develop a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe and fulfilling life.
- To provide opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- To understand the importance of British Values.
- To provide children with accurate and relevant knowledge.
- To develop children’s understanding of being a global citizen and their place in the wider world.
Our PSHE curriculum is planned to develop children’s wellbeing and help them grow into active, healthy, responsible and enterprising individuals.
At The Sherwood School we use the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which covers many spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) issues that affect the children as they progress in their school life. Additionally, the Jigsaw scheme significantly contributes to the British Values agenda through direct teaching of information and through the practical learning the children take part in. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community. Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class PSHE lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.
The scheme is structured into 6 half-termly units of work:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Differences
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
Every year group works on the same theme each half term. This enables the learning message to be reinforced through whole school activities, such as assemblies.
Mindfulness activities are key components of the Jigsaw PSHE lessons. The children reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling issues that are part of growing up. The Jigsaw PSHE lessons help the children develop their self-belief, realise their value and encourages them to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. In addition, the children develop understanding of their place within the wider community, and are taught how to resolve conflicts, develop collaboration skills and respect for others. Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals.
We teach PSHE in a variety of ways:
- as a discrete subject
- through weekly PSHE lessons
- circle times
- through other subjects, such as RE, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.
We also supplement the teaching of PSHE with a range of themed weeks which teach children about other vital life skills including: British Values, healthy eating, E-safety, fire safety, anti-bullying week, stranger danger, road safety, and health and well-being weeks.
We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, and supporting charity activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and the rights of others within our diverse society.
By the time children leave The Sherwood School they will:
- Have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships.
- Demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
- Achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
- Become healthy and responsible members of society
- Have a growth mindset and a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
- Show an understanding of the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and a knowledge of Rights Respecting School articles.
- Demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty.
- Have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.
- Demonstrate a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.
Views of Children and Staff
Feedback from staff
Feedback from pupils
“Children are really engaged in the lessons.”
“It’s helpful to have a script to follow.”
“There are great examples and scenarios given.”
“The children have opportunities to role play events that happen in the playground.”
“I like it, there are slides for every lesson.”
“The planning is detailed.”
“There are interesting topics and the resources are age appropriate.”
“It is really useful for thought provoking discussions.”
“The children enjoy the linked activities.”
“The warm up games are really good and engaging.”
“It’s really cool.”
“Jigsaw is very good, I like it.”
“I like these lessons because we get to talk about our feelings.”
“I love how we talk about the right way to treat others.”
“It is good and the lessons are amazing.”
“Jigsaw teaches us how to do things that make us not do the wrong thing.”
“I like it because we get to talk.”
“It helps us to know more about our rights.”