‘With joyful hearts, we love, learn and praise as the family of God’
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we recognise the importance of PSHE and the role it has in developing the God-given qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to prepare our children for life outside of the classroom and to help them build skills which will allow them to protect and keep themselves safe in the wider community. We strive to help pupils build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem through developing:
- an understanding of themselves and others
- positive relationships built on mutual respect
- a healthy and safe lifestyle
Through our teaching of PSHE we will make a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We place a strong emphasis on developing emotional literacy and nurturing pupils’ mental and physical health. In order to ensure that these aims are met we will deliver our PSHE sessions mainly using the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work produced by the Jan Lever Group.
We have tailored the Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) aspect of our PSHE curriculum to reflect the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church. This also builds on links to our RE and Science curriculums, using ‘A Journey In Love’ and Ten:Ten’s ‘Life to the Full’ to deliver RSE lessons from Early Years to Year 6.
Our PSHE curriculum consists of 6 themes that each child will be taught about throughout the year:
‘Being Me in My World’, ‘Celebrating Differences’, ‘Dreams and Goals’, ‘Healthy Me’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Relationships and Changes’.
The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society. It 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 provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Our PSHE Scheme of Work (Jigsaw) is a spiral curriculum which starts in Early Years and follows the children through to Year 6. We also recognise and teach important PSHE lessons through key national campaigns – such as Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Safer Internet Day. We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to embed links across the curriculum and also safeguarding. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.
Our high quality teaching responds to the needs of each child. Teachers identify and address misconceptions early through direct feedback during lessons. As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging and each class has a worry box, in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or elsewhere. Children are able to record their learning in their own Jigsaw folders.
PSHE is an important part of our school assemblies and Collective Worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. Each PSHE theme is introduced to the pupils through a whole-school assembly.
Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within our curriculum is vital as, first and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum provides them with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements.
Our children and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship. Through our curriculum, we believe that we prepare children for the next stage in their education as well as preparing them, during this vital stage of their life, for the adult world. Our pupils will also deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents.