PHSE is a vital part of delivering a well balanced curriculum to help our children cope with our ever changing and challenging world.
Here at Yorkley, we have recently invested in a structured programme for PSHE called The Jigsaw Programme.
This programme brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
Children are at the heart of Jigsaw
The Jigsaw programme is well structured and builds year on year as the children proceed through each year group. It aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in the world around them.
The Jigsaw programme uses a mindful approach Jigsaw which teaches children to become aware of their thoughts and feelings throughout the programme, relating this to the PSHE subject matter being studied.
What is PSHE and why is it important?
PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future
As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
PSHE education makes a significant contribution to children and young people’s personal development but is not synonymous with it. The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins other learning. Personal development is enhanced as children and young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society. All aspects of a child’s experience at home, in school and out of school contribute to personal and social development. It is a function of all subjects and curriculum areas.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help young people to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.
For anyone who would like to find out more about PSHE, the PSHE Association has put together Useful guides for parents/carers. The address below will take you to their website.
This year, our PHSCE topics will be:
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me
Anti-bullying Week : School Council / Stamping out bullying:
This year’s Anti-bullying Week was a huge success. Children took part in a variety of activities, such as writing in role as a victim of bullying and producing anti-bullying posters. Children also enjoyed drama sketches from pupils in Class 5. As well as this, the School Council worked incredibly hard to prepare and lead Friday’s assembly. They reminded children of the different types of bullying and what to do if they think someone is being bullied. To end our week, the whole school went outside to “stamp out” bullying, which involved all children stamping their feet for two minutes! Thank you to all the parents who came along and took part. Well done everyone for all your hard work.