At Colebrook Infant Academy, the PSHE curriculum is designed to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values, and skills they need to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. We inspire our children to love learning and be socially and morally responsible citizens of the world. Our purpose is to nurture the growth of the whole child- academically, socially, and emotionally. Good relationships are at the heart of everything we do.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) is taught weekly in our class groups and uses the mindful approach to PSHE, promoted through the Jigsaw scheme of work. Jigsaw aims to develop the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum. Teachers adapt this scheme to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
Being Me in My World
Dreams and Goals
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) (in purple) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills (in green).
Its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building confidence and resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, and focus. This encourages building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
We believe that PSHE education plays a vital part in primary education so, as well as discrete lessons, it is embedded throughout the curriculum. British Values and School Values, along with Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural concepts are explored across our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils are also supported to take part in a wide range of meaningful first-hand experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and local community. All children have the opportunity to complete the ‘Colebrook 30’ by the time they leave our school.
Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes. In addition to this, pupils are encouraged to reflect upon the importance of both our School values and British values, focussing on what these, look like in practice at Colebrook and in the wider world. This takes place in the form of stories, role-play, video clips and music clips to name but a few. In addition, special events, key campaigns, and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues.
The various teaching and learning activities are engaging, inclusive and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years Foundation Stage planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England). Jigsaw is taught for an hour a week but we recognise that PSHE is a vast area of learning for our young people and it is very much cross-curricular as skills are developed through all subjects and through daily routines and school life.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
be able to understand and manage their emotions
be able to look after their mental health and well-being
be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through the next stage of their learning journey.
be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially, and morally responsible, members of the community.
appreciate difference and diversity
understand the physical aspects involved in RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) at an age-appropriate level
have respect for themselves and others.
have a positive self esteem
Know how to keep themselves safe on-line