PSHE & RSE
At Lakey Lane Primary, it is our mission to equip all of our children with the confidence and ability to become ‘lifelong learners’ able to flourish as ‘citizens of the future’. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is at the core of what we do. It enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the ‘whole child’, intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually.
Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, using the Jigsaw Scheme, our curriculum holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps our children to understand how they fit into and contribute to an ever-changing world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, our curriculum provides our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and supports them in playing a positive role in contributing to school and the winder community.
Our PSHE curriculum includes opportunities for mindfulness, allowing our children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus and all of this is firmly placed within the context of our aims, visions and values as a school. Every year group follows the same structure of lessons, through the main 6 jigsaw pieces - Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.
We aim to deliver our curriculum through 3 key drivers and our 6 school values which underpin our children’s learning:
Ambition – It is our belief that our children can achieve and have the highest ambition to succeed in life. We aspire for all of our children to view themselves as lifelong learners who can always aim for the stars and achieve anything they set their minds to. We expose our children to a variety of diverse ambitious individuals through the Puzzle (Dreams and Goals) and through a progressive and planned approach, our children are encouraged to identify their own dreams and ambitions and are positively encouraged to overcome any potential barriers impacting on their ambitions and aspirations.
Self-belief – The relationships ‘Golden Thread’ throughout Jigsaw ensures that pupils start with their relationship with themselves. They learn how to take compliments and truly understand their own strengths, values and virtues in order to support promote self-esteem and self-belief.
Community – We want our children to view themselves as global citizens and we aspire for them to leave Lakey Lane as considerate, respectful and resilient individuals ready to flourish as ‘citizens of the future’.
Respect – The school-wide ethos of Jigsaw encourages a culture of respect and consideration of others. The Being Me in My World Puzzle teaches our children about the power of their own views and how to air these appropriately through bodies such as our School Council. The Jigsaw Charter ensures that every pupil knows that their voice will be listened to without judgement and with respect
Curiosity – All of our Jigsaw puzzles involve some elements of risk, exploration, curiosity and aspiration. This helps our children to learn more about themselves, others and the world – while keeping themselves safe.
Kindness - The Jigsaw Charter is shared with children at the beginning of each lesson to promote a safe, secure and positive learning environment in which children use kind and positive words.
Our whole curriculum is underpinned by our school curriculum drivers and school values, which aims to enable all of our wonderful Lakey Lane children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs to flourish and to become the very best version of themselves. Our PSHE curriculum covers the National Curriculum and the teaching and learning of PSHE at Lakey Lane is taught through the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme. PSHE is taught across the school on a weekly basis and through following the Jigsaw scheme we cover:
- Being me in my world: including self-identity, feelings, rights and responsibilities.
- Celebrating differences: including identifying talents, families, making friends
- Dreams and Goals: including challenges, goal setting, overcoming obstacles
- Healthy Me: including exercise, healthy food, safety
- Relationships: including family life, falling out, dealing with bullying
- Changing me(SRE): including bodies, growth, and change, respecting my body.
Through the use of Jigsaw, our children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need in order to flourish as the ‘citizens of tomorrow’. Jigsaw aims to ‘prepare children for life’, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in an ever-changing world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health to our approach to PSHE at Lakey Lane. It includes mindfulness to allow our children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus and each lesson is built upon a Charter, which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson.
Jigsaw PSHE aims to develop the ‘whole child’ through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core values. This subsequently ensures that skills and knowledge are progressively built on year on year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all of our children. Our PSHE lessons are split into 6 parts, all of which are included in every session to ensure that the learning of our children follows the optimum progression.
Connect us – This is a game or activity designed to be fun and inclusive and to build and maximise social skills. ‘Connect us’ engenders positive relationships and enhances collaborative learning. It sets the tone at the beginning of each Jigsaw Piece (lesson) and can be used again at the end should the teacher feel the atmosphere needs to be lifted after some deep work during the lesson.
Calm me – This section of the Piece helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. It is an invaluable life skill which also enhances reflection and spiritual development. This underpins the mindful approach advocated in Jigsaw
Open my mind – The Reticular Activating System of the brain filters the many stimuli entering the child’s mind at any given time. It is designed only to allow in that which is significant. Therefore, it is important to engage this system with the most important aspects of learning intended for each Piece.
Tell me or show me – This section of the Piece is used to introduce new information, concepts and skills, using a range of teaching approaches and activities.
Let me learn – Following Piaget’s learning model, after receiving new information/concepts, children need to manipulate, use, and play with that new information in order for it to make sense to them and for them to ‘accommodate’ it into their existing learning.
Help me reflect -Throughout Jigsaw, children are encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress. By reflecting, children can process and evaluate what they have learnt, which enables them to consolidate and apply their learning. They are also asked to stop and become aware of their thoughts and feelings in any given moment in Pause Points (brief pauses within the lesson where the children can have a couple of moments to just stop and be to consider whether what they are learning may be particularly meaningful to them).
Closure – Each Piece needs safe closure. This will always include the teacher praising the children for their effort, positive attitude and achievement, as well as giving one or two sentences to summarise the key learning points for the children.
- Our school participates in Wellbeing week, Anti-bullying week, World Mental Health Day, Children’s Mental Health Week, Odd Socks Day, and Internet Safety Week to name a few. These events raised awareness of these issues; help promote help seeking behaviours and emotional wellbeing practices as well as enabling the whole school community to work together.
- The school takes part in charitable events such as Children in Need. Some of the charitable causes are identified from the passions and interests of the school council and the children they represent.
- Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.
- We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show and demonstrate our school values.
- Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
- PSHE, British Value and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
New Statutory Relationships and Health Education September 2020
From September 2020 the Department for Education has made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools.
Parents’ rights to withdraw a child from SRE Section 405 of the Education Act 1996 enables parents to withdraw their children from sex education other than the sex education that is in the National Curriculum (such as the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science).
At Lakey Lane we currently teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education through the Birmingham Approach to Relationships and Health Education in Primary Schools, fulfilling DfE statutory requirements.
Our PSHE curriculum prepares our children for an exceptional life as it enables them to become well-rounded, confident individual who are able to reason, empathise and understand the world around them. Through the teaching of PSHE and many other key attributes, such as our school values and drivers and the implementation of our behaviour policy, our children develop tolerance and resilience, which helps prepare them to navigate issues that arise in modern life with confidence and integrity. Our pupils become valued members of all communities they belong to as the grow to become respectful, honest and understanding in their role as a global citizen and the contributions they can make.
They will demonstrate and apply the British Values of tolerance, mutual respect, democracy, liberty and the rule of law and they appreciate the importance of both physical and mental well-being.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupils’ reflections and verbal discussions about their learning; evaluations at the end of each unit to assess their own development, as well as pupil interviews with school leaders.
- The monitoring of behaviour and the successful implementation of the behaviour policy by all members of the school community.
- Due to the respectful culture embedded in school, children are keen to share their opinions and ideas in class, with staff and as a part of assemblies as they know they will be heard, and their contributions respected.