PSHCE Curriculum Statement
Aiming High Together
Lowton West Primary School is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all pupils. Our curriculum determines and underpins the whole ethos of our school. At Lowton West, our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum enables our children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of society, bringing together citizenship with personal and mental well-being, whilst promoting fundamental British values. We wish to offer a cohesive whole-school approach which aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We are dedicated to ensuring that Lowton West is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour, excellent manners and an excellent attitude to learning throughout the school.
Although PSHE is taught through discreet lessons, it also underpins all activities, assemblies, educational visits and extra-curricular clubs. We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: Play Leaders and Sports Leaders, School Council, House Captains and Eco Warriors. Pupils are involved in whole school fundraising, supporting younger pupils – such as reading buddies and engagement in school and local community and national charitable events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as: health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school teachers and pupils, artists, authors, representatives from the local church and representatives from various organisations. We participate in, and promote National events such as: Anti-Bullying Week, Road Safety Week, Switch Off Fortnight, Safer Internet Day, Healthy Lifestyles Week and Walk to School Week.
At Lowton West Primary, we follow the Jigsaw approach to deliver PSHE. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. It is a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
The Jigsaw scheme includes full coverage of the curriculum in line with the following guidance:
‘All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum:
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.’
JIGSAW aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities.
In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
With the Jigsaw approach, mindfulness is also developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations. Mindfulness is a vital tool for life: not only does it support the regulation of emotion and build emotional resilience but also enhances focus and concentration; both helping to optimise learning for our children.
The Jigsaw PSHE curriculum will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
Have a sense of purpose
Value self and others
Make and act on informed decisions
Work with others
Respond to challenge
Be an active partner in their own learning
Be active citizens within the local community
Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
Become healthy and fulfilled individuals
The children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty. They demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school which impacts positively upon pupil behaviour and learning across the wider curriculum. Teachers assess pupil’s progress using the Jigsaw assessment at the end of each unit and pupil voice is also used to measure children’s understanding.
Year 6 PSHE/Science Workshop
Last week, Year 6 took part in a PSHE/Science workshop led by the School Nurse. The workshop activities focused on recognising the impact of smoking, alcohol, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and is part of the Year 6 Science topic Healthy Bodies’. The children were very engaged in the activities and enjoyed the session.
NCPCC Workshops and assemblies.
On Monday morning, our school was visited by the NSPCC. They came in to deliver the message of 'Speak out, Stay safe'. Both KS1 and KS2 took part in assemblies to help them remember to talk to a trusted adult when they have any worries. Year 5 and Year 6 completed class workshops in the afternoon to further reinforce this message. The message that was delivered by the NSPCC was extremely important and the children throughout school were outstanding when interacting with the assemblies and workshops. Letters were sent home to support parents with this message.