How we Teach PSHE at Wick CE Primary
We believe that children benefit from a knowledge of their thoughts and feelings as they happen so they are better prepared to choose an appropriate response to situations. Our approach to the teaching of mindfulness aims to promote emotional regulation and build emotional resilience as well as promoting focus and concentration allowing us to inspire others and achieve together.
Our whole school approach to PSHE tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up
Where there are links to our topics, we supplement our scheme with cross curricular activities.
To encourage rounded spiritual and moral development of Children at Wick Primary school, we have 12 values which are identified by the Jigsaw puzzle pieces and promote the learning attitudes and characteristics we aspire to achieve in our children. We have carefully interweaved our 12 values across all teaching and learning opportunities.
We follow the Jigsaw scheme of work throughout our whole school. The Jigsaw program brings together PSHE education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Every year group works on the same theme at the same time allowing for a whole school approach:
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Each Puzzle has six lessons of approximately 45 minutes each. Every lesson follows a set structure; Calm, Connection, Open mind, Tell Me or Show me, Let me learn, Help me reflect.
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education); and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions). With careful enhancement we ensure that Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.
Much of the PSHE curriculum is practical and discussion based, what written work that is recorded is kept in a PSHE learning journal.
Class based lessons are supplemented by Termly whole school assemblies, which focuses of the Puzzle piece for that term. Lead by the PSHE coordinator, these assemblies unpick the termly theme and applies it directly to the experiences of children at Wick primary School, it concludes with children singing the Jigsaw puzzle song for that term.
Weekly celebration assemblies reinforce our 12 values and gives the opportunity to translate PSHE teaching into behaviors and attitudes not confined to the designated PSHE lesson. Children are rewarded with certificates and stickers to celebrate their success.
Each theme will have specific objectives which will enable the teacher to assess whether pupils in each year group have achieved the ‘expected’ standard. To have reached this standard, pupils will have demonstrated they have achieved the objectives for each theme. Effort levels are reported to parents in the pupil’s annual report.