At St Hugh of Lincoln, PSHE is at the core of what we do and it is underpinned by our mission statement, school rules and Catholic ethos. Our PSHE curriculum helps our children live and learn in a Catholic, Christian environment now and in the future. PSHE develops the qualities and attributes our children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Our PSHE programme aims for all children to build their capacity for learning and to equip them for life.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of Primary education and our Catholic values, therefore PSHE is taught discretely every week in thirty minute sessions across the school. Teachers use ‘Jigsaw PSHE’ to support them with planning and are guided and supported by the PSHE and RE leads to adapt aspects of the programme to ensure it is in keeping with our Catholic ethos. During the year, children will focus on the six areas of Being Me, Celebrating Differences, Changing Me, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, and Relationships. Each year group will focus on a different aspect of the topic so that children gain a deeper understanding as they progress through the school.
During PSHE lessons, every class follows the ‘Jigsaw Charter’, this establishes ground rules which creates a safe and positive learning environment and encourages participation. Every PSHE lesson, begins with a ‘calm me’ activity this helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. Throughout the lesson there are opportunities for the children to engage in discussion, as a whole class, with a partner or in a group.
Although PSHE is taught discretely, links to PSHE are also made across the wider curriculum. Strong links are made to our learning in RE to support the children as Christians now and in the future. PSHE may also be taught in response to individual or class needs or specific eventualities, where teachers feel it is necessary.
We also engage in national themed weeks and days throughout the year for example; Anti-bullying week Safer Internet Day. Where possible we also use outside agencies to enhance our children’s learning in PSHE for example; the school nurse, Life Bus and NSPCC.
Each class records their PSHE learning in a ‘class journal’ where the children have the opportunity to record their thoughts, feelings and responses to PSHE lessons. The emphasis is on their understanding of the issues and how they might react to different situations. The PSHE lead monitors the impact of the PSHE curriculum through discussion with staff, pupil voice, class journals and learning walks.