At Elmwood we believe that PSHE is an essential part of every child’s education. It encourages the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. We want out children to be ‘lifelong learners’ and provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to manage their lives and become independent and valuable members of society. We teach PSHE through a planned programme of learning and as part of a whole-school approach, which develops the qualities and attributes our children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.
At Elmwood we have adopted the JIGSAW scheme of work which aims to develop the ‘whole child’. JIGSAW brings consistency and clear progression to our children’s learning with teachers adapting the scheme to cater to and reflect the needs of their children. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw provides us with the tools to deliver an engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw raises self-awareness, group awareness, collaboration skills, teamwork experience, respectfulness, etc., preparing children for the wider world and their position in it. PSHE is embedded throughout the curriculum at Elmwood. British Values and Spiritual, Moral and Cultural concepts are explored across our broad and balanced curriculum. Through assemblies, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks children have the opportunities to explore topical issues. A ‘Growth Mindset’ is encouraged to help build our children’s resilience, independence and confidence and develop a love of learning.
Through our PSHE curriculum, we want our children to develop positive and healthy relationships with themselves and their peers both now and in the future. We want to enrich pupil’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, and confident individuals and citizens who take responsibility for their work and actions. The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life as whole – in children’ good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.
Department of Education RSE guide for parents