At Godinton Primary School we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is vital for helping us to develop good citizens who are able to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society as adults. We believe that by teaching the children about how to maintain positive physical and mental health as children, we are enabling our children to feel able to make good personal choices later in life due to being informed, resilient and open minded. Our PSHE curriculum encourages our children to be appreciative of the diversity of the world around them, encouraging them to celebrate differences between people, cultures and circumstances alongside recognising their role in society. Our curriculum ensures that our children reflect on their relationships and how they can maintain positive relationships with their peers. We feel that it is essential for us to teach our children to be respectful of a range of cultures and beliefs and encourage them to contribute to both the life of the school and wider community in order to give them a sense of purpose and wellbeing. Our health curriculum is also a priority as this enables the children to learn how maintain a healthy lifestyle, protecting themselves from harm from substances such as drugs and alcohol as well as teaching them about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and good mental health. We also understand our role in preparing the children for puberty and the physical and mental changes that will occur with the children, particularly in Key Stage 2.
Please click here to view our PSHE curriculum end point document.
As part of our Guiding Stars curriculum, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education are the leading light subjects for ‘Self-Confidence’.
Within our RE and PSHE curriculums, the children develop their ability to respect the views of others, ensuring they feel safe to ask questions in order to find out more. The children are encouraged to express their own ideas thoughts and opinions in response to different questions and scenarios. They appreciate that everyone is different unique and special, and celebrate the diversity of our community and wider society and enjoy investigating these differences. The children identify what makes them unique, healthy and happy and identify what helps to boost their own confidence and that of others, as well as the barriers to our own confidence.
Click on the Self-Confidence icon below to find out more about how the children’s development of their self-confidence progresses throughout these curriculum areas.
In order to deliver our PSHE curriculum we have chosen to use the Jigsaw PSHE online resource to support this. The Jigsaw resource reflects the intent explained above and offers lessons and resourcing that meet the requirements of the revised relationships and health education curriculum. The resource is engaging for the children and focuses on the key skills of reflection, consideration and discussion of topics and themes in order to develop the children’s thinking skills and pupil voice. We aim to use this resource to help us guide the children through a process of discovery and understanding of the differences and similarities in the cultures, diversity and experiences in the world around them. We also view our whole school Godinton Star Values that are embedded into our school community as integral to our support of positive citizenship in our children. We also ensure that our assembly programme offers knowledge to the children about key festivals from a range of religions, an opportunity to learn about British values, global citizenship, stories from other cultures, environmental issues as well as teaching the children about aspects of the wider community such as people who help us.
We offer a thematic approach to the implementation of our PSHE curriculum with a different focus in each term that is shared with the children during our STAR (Showing Tolerance and Respect) week. The PSHE curriculum is taught alongside our units of work for RE during this week. We also encourage our staff to be responsive to the children’s PSHE needs in the remaining weeks of term and to include additional circle time lessons for example should any current issues for the children need a whole class, small group of individual response. The six themes that the children explore are Being me in my world, Dreams and Goals, Celebrating Differences, Relationships, Healthy me and Changing Me. These offer a breadth of coverage from understanding rules and how they keep us safe to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the onset of puberty. Each theme encourages the children to both reflect on their own views and experiences of the topics being taught and to develop their knowledge, age appropriately, of each area. Pupils are taught to be empathetic, accepting, questioning, inclusive and understanding of the world around them and the people within it as well as themselves regardless of race, religion, gender, culture or sexual orientation.
Here at Godinton Primary School we provide an exciting curriculum and learning environment, which places a strong emphasis upon the prime areas of learning. We have designed our curriculum to ensure that every child reaches their full potential from their starting points. We take a holistic approach towards learning and ensure that children are able to succeed through co-operative and collaborative experiences. Our enabling environment and warm, skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play right from the start. We strongly believe that high levels of engagement lead to high levels of attainment and ensure that exciting learning opportunities hook children into learning. Opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular links are made and children are provided with many play opportunities, which help to build and develop excellent relationships with others. The attachments that they build with others are important to shape their social world both now and in the future. Children are provided with a wealth of experiences to become confident, independent and resilient individuals and flourish during their time at Godinton Primary School. Our ‘I wonder’ sessions help to build our curriculum around their interests and throughout the day, children are encouraged to take responsibility for aspects of their own learning and make decisions and choices. Our ethos also promotes the notion of ‘having a try’ and that ‘mistakes’ are positive learning experiences. ‘Jigsaw’ is a scheme used throughout the school that helps to guide the directed teaching within this area of learning. Children learn the importance of leading healthy lifestyles and take responsibility for managing their own personal needs. Each classroom also has a system for sharing worries and concerns and managing their emotions. Children are guided sensitively to manage their feelings and behaviour towards others. Each class also has a ‘class charter’ where children are closely involved in setting the rules for each other. Kindness points are also used to recognise acts of kindness demonstrated by others. Here at Godinton Primary School, every child is recognised as an individual and all children flourish as…… ‘Together we shine and reach for the stars’
It is our aim that when children at Godinton Primary School finish their first year at school and move into Year 1, they will be able to:
Our broad and balanced PSHE curriculum enables our pupils to leave Godinton as positive citizens with a balanced and accepting view of the world that they are a part of. We want them to be able to share their views confidently and reflect on new knowledge respectfully, embracing other cultures and religions. We aim to enable our children to leave Godinton Primary school with a thorough knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy both physically and mentally and for them to be able to know where and who they can ask for help should they need it. We also aim to prepare them for puberty, making them feel confident in their bodies and giving them knowledge of changes that will happen and how to manage them.