At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School we believe that PSHE and citizenship should enable children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. This enables the children to develop their own self-worth. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation in the school council, Eco committee, African and Sports Council. Children are taught about their rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
At Gorse Hall Primary we aim to build on and complement the learning that has already started at home to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future. We have decided to follow the JIGSAW approach to teaching PSHE, which includes everything needed for us to cover the curriculum in line with national guidance.
JIGSAW aims(through weekly sessions) to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. 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.
Other aspects of PSHE such as British values are deeply rooted in the school’s core values. These are shared, celebrated and developed through timetabled weekly assemblies. Opportunities for cross curriculum opportunities are being developed across the school.
Jigsaw PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
- Develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to become confident, healthy individuals
- Develop a safe and healthy lifestyle
- Understand what makes a good relationship for themselves and others
- Have respect for others in school and in the outside world
- Develop own sense of self-esteem and emotional well-being and encourage others to do so
- To make the most of their own abilities
- Be independent and responsible members of a community, such as school
- Develop knowledge of ways in which individuals can contribute to society
- Develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- Develop good relationships with other members of the community
- Acquire enduring values and aspirations