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PSHE - Personal,Social & Health Education at JG

At Jesse Gray, we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society, and we strive to build persistence in the face of difficulty. To help us achieve this, we follow the scheme of work provided by the PSHE association, as a whole school approach.  We seek to help children build resilience, confidence and self-esteem in order to successfully manage, and cope with their emotions in different situations. As recommended by the PSHE Association, we cover three core themes – Relationships, Health and Well-Being and Living in the Wider World – and interweave these with the essential skills described for each age phase. These core themes progress through the year groups, but the essential skills remain the same for all ages.

Within the classroom, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles are used, with an emphasis on interactive learning and the teacher as the facilitator. The children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt, and are given adequate time to do so. We recognise that the PSHE programme is just one part of what a school can do to help a child develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and an understanding of the need to fulfil their potential. Our PSHE programme respects and takes account of pupils’ prior learning and experiences, and reflects the universal needs shared by all children and young people as well as the specific needs of the pupils in our school. Our programme is taught through a spiral programme, revisiting themes, whilst increasing the challenge, broadening the scope, and deepening pupils’ thinking. Each lesson is personalised for the individual needs of a pupil, and our pupils demonstrate, and behave with, consistently high levels of respect for one another.

PSHE is a subject that is continuously built on as our children progress through the school. It is interwoven into all that we teach, and can be seen demonstrated in all that our children are a part of. By the end of Foundation Stage, our children will be confident in trying new activities and will talk to others about their feelings and emotions. They will have learnt about being healthy, and the importance of physical exercise as well as the need to manage their own basic hygiene needs.

When the children reach the end of Key Stage One, they will be able to demonstrate their ability to manage some feelings in positive ways, and know that bullying is wrong. They will be aware of the benefits of eating healthy and know what keeps them healthy, such as taking part in physical activities. The children will be able to discuss different ways that family members take care of one another and show concern for people who are unwell.

Once the children at Jesse Gray have reached the end of Key Stage Two, they will recognise their own worth, and that of others, by making positive comments. Through the teaching of RSE (Relationship & Sex Education) they will be confident when discussing bodily changes and how this could affect them in the future. The children will be aware of the impact of money and interest, and how to be responsible with it, and they will know that their actions will have consequences. Each class teacher has the role of assessing whether their children possess the attributes of our PSHE curriculum, as well as the knowledge and understanding which relates to the three core themes of PSHE.

To ensure that the teaching and learning in our PSHE lessons is consistent across the school, we employ a variety of monitoring exercises. This may take the form of teaching and learning observations, pupil voice questionnaires and a scrutiny of evidence kept by each class teacher. Each lesson that is conducted by a teacher at Jesse Gray is personalised for their class, ensuring they take into account all individuals to ensure that the lesson is tailored specifically for them. Our staff are encouraged to build PSHE into all areas of the curriculum to ensure the children leave Jesse Gray with a positive outlook on their futures.