Intent, Implementation, Impact
Our vision statement reflects our desire to provide the best possible education, opportunities and environment for all who are part of our school. We believe that our school should be an inclusive community where ALL aim high, achieve well and develop self confidence, positive values and beliefs, a sense of community, well-being and caring attitudes towards others. PSHE is central to this ethos and equips children with the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, safe and responsible lives.
PSHE at Ethelbert Road is implemented using the JIGSAW programme which is a whole school approach. Progression in skills and knowledge in the subject is outlined in the PSHE progression grid. The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school starting with a shared assembly each half term to introduce new topics. The six topics covered are: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. Learning in each topic then takes place during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which explore the different themes. These themes are also embedded through all other 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.
We also spend time during PSHE talking about our school rules of Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Ready, linking these rules to many aspects of school life and our wider lives outside of school.
The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within Ethelbert Road are to provide children with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to create personal understanding
- opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life
Our PSHE programme 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. Children at Ethelbert Road also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
Monitoring and assessment is an on-going process. Teachers use assessments to inform planning for future lessons.
Much of the impact of PSHE is seen outside of traditional written work inside the classroom and is instead reflected in the many ways in which we are able to see the children grow into safe, kind, prepared and responsible members of the school community.
Many of the children in our school community are able not only, to recite the school rules of Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Ready, but are also able to discuss what these rules mean both inside and outside the school and think about how these rules apply to them from Reception all the way to Year 6.
Children are also able to use the language and pictures that are discussed in PSHE lessons to help them deal with problem on the playground. For example: In one lesson the traffic light system was discussed. In this system red means too angry to talk and I need time to calm down, amber means I'm ready to talk about it and green means I've sorted out the problem and am happy again. After this lesson a number of chidlren have been able to verbalise their anger by saying they are on red, allowing themselves time to calm down without escalating a situation.