"To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils
need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing,
health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this
knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when
facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their
lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and
when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can
help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
They can also enable schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and
physical development of pupils, at school and in society. The duties on schools in this
area are set out in legislation". (Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education) DfE 2020
Our intention is that when children leave Jenyns First School and Nursery, they will do so with the 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. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.
Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each key stage studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.
We believe that focusing on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking through our school learning powers. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches all of our children. Staff are aware of children who have exceptional talents and gifts and monitor or track their progress carefully to ensure their academic potential or talent is continually developed.