Personal, Social and Health Education
At Orgill it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere.
The children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community. They will also acquire an understanding and experiences of values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect other, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
The teaching and learning of PSHE using the Jigsaw programme supports this; connecting the pieces of Personal, Social, Sex Education, and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development into an easy to use programme. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work. PSHE is implemented throughout the school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons and the school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning. The topics are taught in the same half-term in each year group and previous learning is built upon and extended.
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. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
This is why the Department for Education have decided that, from September 2020, all primary schools are required by the government to teach Relationships and Health Education.
Relationships Education is designed to help children to have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online.
Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and well-being and enable them to know how to seek support if any health issues arise for themselves or others.
If you would like more information about statutory Relationships and Health Education, please click below to read the government guide “Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents”.
At Orgill Primary School, we have been delivering Relationships and Health Education within our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum for many years using the Jigsaw programme. We have reviewed our PSHE curriculum to make sure that our lessons meet the requirements that the government has set out for the content of Relationships and Health Education.
We have also updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to reflect the new statutory status for Relationships Education.