PSHE at St Nicholas.
As a school we aim to ensure that all children leave us prepared for the world as ‘Global Explorers’ equipped with a secure understanding of themselves and others. Being ‘spiritual’ is one of the Big Ideas in our curriculum. We seek to broaden our children’s horizons and expand their knowledge of the world whilst nurturing their interests and encouraging the self-belief and ambition they’ll need to accomplish their goalsAt St Nicholas, children begin their PSHE education from the very start in Reception. We aim for all children at the end of the Foundation Stage to show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others as well as knowing right from wrong in the choices they make around school. Children completing Key Stage One will have an increased understanding of themselves and their relationships including what makes them feel safe and special. We aim for children at this stage to know what they are good at and what positive contributions they can make to group situations. When children leave St Nicholas at the end of Key Stage Two we expect them to have a wider understanding of different communities and cultures, locally and globally; being able to empathise and reflect on similarities and differences. PSHE is integrated throughout the school. Key ideas and themes are taught explicitly but also interwoven into other areas of the curriculum and other aspects of day-to-day life. Our Christian Values are vital in promoting concepts of PSHE; it is our aim that all children follow these values. We recognise that children’s mental health and well-being is of paramount importance in our ever changing world. We endeavour to model through our own actions and actively teach children to resilient, responsible and compassionate citizens of the world.
PSHE is taught across the school from FS2- Year 6 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.
“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 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.”
Jigsaw PSHE supports our intent and develops knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
· Being Me in My World
· Celebrating Difference
· Dreams and Goals
· Healthy Me
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This year we linked our learning to our PSHE Jigsaw theme this term, celebrating differences.
All of the children were involved in discussions about what makes them unique and how to celebrate each others differences.
They all designed and created their own jigsaw piece with pictures and words describing what makes them unique.
'We are all different but we all fit together'
Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
In Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each Piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations, enabling children not to empty their minds but to quiet them and become aware of the activity within them and manage it positively.
Jigsaw PSHE is fully compliant with the DfE Statutory Relationships & Health Education (RSE) Guidance. The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the Jigsaw Programme. Jigsaw’s philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others. RSE is also supplemented by the ‘Love and Sex Matters’ scheme. This is a whole school scheme that supports our schools christian ethos.
Each class has their own Jigsaw Friends, collectively known as ‘The Jiggies’. These are used to support communication and offer a suggestion, experience or feeling relevant to class discussions.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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