Personal, Social, Health & Relationships Education (PSHRE)
“Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit—the realisation that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” – Greg Anderson
At Greengate Lane Academy we expect the highest aspirations for our pupils. We want all children to learn and make academic progress no matter their starting points. We have a clear vision for what we want pupils to achieve during their time at Greengate Lane and have designed our curriculum to give all pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need in their future years.
The Purpose of Education for PSHRE
At Greengate Lane Academy, PSHRE enables our children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Regardless of how long pupils are with us, be it their full primary years or just two or three, we intend for our pupils to:
- develop a healthy and safe lifestyle;
- building self-assurance and strong emotional resilience so that they are ready to engage with life and learning;
- build positive relationships with each other and all members of the school and wider community;
- develop an understanding of, and respect, differences between people;
- be confident in who they are as individuals and make the most of their abilities;
- play an active, positive role as citizens in a democratic society;
- make informed choices regarding personal and social issues – being responsible members of the school community;
- promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs;
- promote tolerance and respect of all faiths and beliefs, cultures and lifestyles through effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
PSHRE at Greengate Lane underpins the vision and core values of our school. In its simplest form, ‘Individually we grow, together we thrive’ is achieved when pupils are confident in who they are on an individual level but respect the similarities and differences in the cultures, beliefs and values of our school and wider community so that they are able to live and work alongside each other in harmony.
Our belief is that the Greengate Lane school values are weaved throughout our curriculum to support our pupils and our school community, our PSHRE lessons are structured as follows:
- SCHOLARSHIP: our PSHRE curriculum allows our children to be scholarly, they are taught the subject in depth, progressively building on prior knowledge, resulting in children remembering more and being able to articulate what that have learnt.
- CURIOUSITY: pupils learn that they and other people are different and therefore have different strengths and talents, they are encouraged to ask questions and be curious.
- TENACITY: pupils specifically learn about being tenacious; they learn about emotions in success; they learn how to be persistent and how to cope when things don’t go to plan. We believe that this enables our children to be better equipped to achieve success in school and beyond.
- ASPIRATIONAL: pupils learn to set realistic goals; they learn how to motivate themselves; they are taught about economics.
- KINDNESS: lessons are structured so that children learn skills together, they learn about diversity and are taught to be tolerant and kind to those with different beliefs and cultures to themselves.
Our curriculum drivers (vocabulary acquisition, SMSC, cultural awareness) are at the heart of all our PSHRE lessons, helping students to understand, navigate and communicate within a rapidly changing 21st Century world. Citizenship, at school, community, national and global levels are integral.
At Greengate Lane Academy, we teach PSHRE as a whole-school approach through a teaching and learning programme called Jigsaw. The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning across all the required individual areas across the primary and early years’ phase, including statutory Relationships and Health Education, which is tailored to our children’s needs. The Jigsaw Programme is aligned to the PSHE Association Programmes of Study for PSHE.
Jigsaw organises learning content into six units (jigsaw puzzles) across the academic year:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
These are taught across the school; learning deepens and broadens in each year group. Lessons are delivered by class teachers to their own classes each week in order to teach the required knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. Where appropriate, outside agencies such as NSPCC, school nurses, who may come into school to deliver topics alongside teaching staff to offer advice and give additional support.
The Jigsaw Programme also supports the ‘Personal Development’ and ‘Behaviour and Attitude’ aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children. The Jigsaw Programme aims to nurture the whole child and increase their learning capacity, underpinned by a philosophy of mindfulness and practice.
Learning is reinforced and enhanced though many other ways such as, during collective workshop and assemblies, behaviour reward systems, peer engagement arrangements and our general relationships with each other as a school community. Weekly assemblies focus on celebrating achievement and encouraging ambition; British Values; and SMSC. All pupils have a weekly Votes for Schools session where they discuss a challenging current issue. Pupils then discuss and vote to ensure that their voices are heard and have an impact.
Developing pupils’ social and emotional development is important to us at Greengate Lane Academy. We use the ‘Thrive Approach’ which is based on neuroscience, attachment theory and child development to support pupils. The approach underpins our relationships and interactions with all children but some children receive additional targeted support. This includes regular profiling of developmental stages and action planning for individuals and groups to develop the skills and strategies they need.
Staff have accessed Trauma Informed Schools training and strategies and techniques are being implemented across school.
Impact of the Curriculum
In the daily life of the school there is a continuous process of identifying the development of each pupil’s learning and understanding by engaging in discussion, helping pupils to make sense of what they are learning and on the reinforcing what has been learnt during formal lessons.
In addition, we measure impact of PSHRE through:
- lesson observations – how well children are contributing to discussions and how they articulate ideas about relevant themes;
- learning walks – how well the curriculum intent is embedded
- book looks – as part of triangulation with learning walks and assessments
- pupil voice – enables us to listen to pupils’ views about their learning and how well curriculum content is taught and understood;
- assessment data tracking at Pupil Progress Meetings
To monitor impact, we will use the following impact statements to evaluate how effective our PSHRE curriculum is:
- Pupils make progress and attain in line with or better than age expectations, as set out by Jigsaw.
- A broad PSHRE curriculum will enhance pupils’ lives, build capital culture and instil a love of learning.
- Pupils will have high expectations of themselves and a drive for excellence. They will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills they gain in PSHRE. Pupils will have the necessary dispositions, character and academic qualifications to live a life full of choice and opportunity.
- Pupils will learn to value family, community and the environment. They will make positive contributions to the life of the school and those around them.
Click here to view our policy for PSHRE
PSHRE Curriculum Overview
Click here to view our rationale for PSHRE.
Click here to view our curriculum overview (long term plan).