Our school family is committed to sustaining and growing a nurturing, learning community. We strive to promote a welcoming and open ethos to ensure all feel happy, safe and respected. We value each member of our community as unique individuals where all are encouraged and inspired to fulfil their potential as God intended.
Here, at Eastry C of E Primary School we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.
Our consistent, whole school PSHE/RSE curriculum ensure the promotion of spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development for all of our children. The curriculum we follow will prepare our children at school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
At Eastry C of E Primary School, our vision for PSHE/RSE is that all children are supported in their “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude. We provide children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their full potential as individuals and within the community.
We want our PSHE/RSE lessons to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
Our PHSE/RSE lessons offer a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. 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.
The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’ wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.
To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to our children’s need. The Jigsaw programme complimentary update policy ensures we are always using the most up to date teaching materials and that our teachers are well-supported.
At Eastry having a consistent whole school approach is very important to us.
Jigsaw allows this consistency and covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.
|Autumn 1||Being Me in My World||Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.|
|Autumn 2||Celebrating Difference||Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding|
|Spring 1||Dreams and Goals||Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society|
|Spring 2||Healthy Me||Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise|
|Summer 1||Relationships||Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss|
|Summer 2||Changing Me||Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change|
At Eastry C of E Primary School we dedicate time to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way.
These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways:
Assemblies and collective worship, praise and reward system, Learning Charter, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community.
As a school we activity encourage supporting events and days such as ‘safer internet day’, anti-bullying week and ‘Children’s mental health week’. We help bring awareness and encourage children to speak up and express themselves.
Through our Jigsaw PSHE/RSE lessons our pupils will leave school feeling confident and self-assured. They will have gained an understanding of the importance of family, love, security and stability. Children will understand that families may look different from theirs but understand what the characteristics of a healthy family are.
Are pupils will recognize if family relationships are making them feel unhappy or unsafe and how to seek advice from others if needed.
Our children will feel confident in identifying different types of bullying (including cyberbullying). They will know the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders and how to report bullying or seek help.
Eastry Primary School children will show joy, compassion and respect for themselves and others.