At Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy, our PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of our whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The National Curriculum states that every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
- promotes British values.
To support our PSHE curriculum delivery, we use a resource called Jigsaw. It is aimed specifically at primary children and offers a comprehensive programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, through a clear progression of lessons. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
Children across the school will explore and complete work around the following puzzles:
Being Me in My World
Includes a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a class and school community, a wider community and a global community. It also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this puzzle.
Dreams and Goals
This puzzle aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising.
This covers two main areas of health: Emotional/mental health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid).
This puzzle starts with building a respectful relationship with self and covers topics including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking. Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes.
Deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, puberty, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school and how to cope positively with such changes. Life cycles and human reproduction are taught in some year groups, in line with Relationships and Sex Education, in an age appropriate manner.
Every PSHE lesson, at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy, includes mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. We teach children to understand their thoughts and feelings through the ‘Calm Me time’ exercises (using the Jigsaw Chime) and Pause Points (using Jigsaw Jerrie Cat). This helps to develop the children’s awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is therefore enhanced as emotions and behaviour are self-regulated.
Our aim is to ensure that our pupils are successful individuals in their chosen field/career, in later life and uphold fundamental British values.