Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) promotes pupils’ personal social and emotional development, as well as their health and well-being. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and teaches them what it means to be appositive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
At Featherstone Academy, we believe that the personal, social and health development of each child, in conjunction with their citizenship skills, has a significant role in their ability to learn. We value the importance of PSHE and Citizenship in preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. In addition, we believe that a child needs to learn about the many emotional aspects of life and how to manage their own emotions. We are also aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of Safeguarding.
At Featherstone Academy, PSHE is taught through ‘Jigsaw’ which is a comprehensive Scheme of Learning for PSHE. It includes Emotional Literacy, Social Skills and Spiritual Development for FS– Y6 pupils. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
The Six Puzzles
- Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
- Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
- Spring 2: Healthy Me
- Summer 1: Relationships
- Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Each puzzle has six pieces (lessons). Each piece has 2 learning intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE but enhanced to address the children’s need today) and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced).
The Structure of the Pieces
1. Connect us - Designed to enhance social skills, positive relationships and collaborative learning,
2. Calm me - Aims to still the children’s minds, relaxing them and quietening their emotions.
3. Open my mind - Enables children to engage with the most important aspects of learning.
4. Tell me or show me - Introduce new information, concepts and skills.
5. Let me learn - Opportunity for children to manipulate, use and play with new information.
6. Help me reflect - Children reflect on their own learning experiences and progress.
7. Closure - Teacher to praise the children and summarise the key learning points.
What is Jigsaw PSHE?
Jigsaw is a PSHE Scheme of Work that provides a mindful approach, and is the programme we use here at Featherstone Academy. Jigsaw is more than a PSHE Scheme of Work. It provides a structured programme of personal development to nurture the 'whole child' and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice. The program also includes 'Relationships, Sex and Health Education' fulfilling DfE statutory requirements for primary schools. For further information on this please visit the DfE website by following the link.
EYFS to Year 6 offers opportunities for children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group.
Likewise, Jigsaw is designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practise and enhance the five skills associated with the emotional literacy (self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings). At Featherstone Academy, we believe that these opportunities are vital for children's development, their understanding of themselves and others and in increasing their capacity to learn.
British Values and Jigsaw PSHE – How Jigsaw PSHE can help promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty.
Please click the links below to see an overview of Featherstone Academy's Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Curiculum for each year group.
Y1 Curriculum - Being Me in My World
Y2 Curriculum - Celebrating Difference
Y3 Curriculum - Dreams and Goals
Y4 Curriculum - Healthy Me
Y5 Curriculum - Relationships
Y6 Curriculum - Changing Me
Pastoral Care at Featherstone Academy
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. We work hard to support the overall well-being of all the children at Featherstone Academy and teach them the skill of resilience to help them handle day to day life and take things in their stride.
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