At the Highfield Community Primary School, we believe that RSHE education is a fundamental part of every child’s education in order for them to become confident happy citizens.
We aim to promote personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. We enable children to develop their sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. We feel that learning about the emotional and social aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to empower them to have safe and fulfilling relationships and to become independent, responsible members of society.
Having introduced children to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society.
Throughout the school, we have adopted the Jigsaw scheme of work which aims to develop the whole-child through a spiral curriculum.
Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
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 resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant RSHE 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 RSHE education plays a vital part in primary education so, as well as discrete lessons, it is embedded throughout the curriculum. British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural concepts are explored across our broad, balanced curriculum. RSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. In addition, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues.
Children are encouraged to adopt the ‘Effective Characteristics of Learning’ in order to be: Independent Enquirers, Resourceful Thinkers, Self Managers, Effective Participators, Reflective Learners and Team workers. RSHE lessons provide a multitude of opportunities to refine and develop these skills.
By the time children leave us they will:
Assessment within discrete RSHE lessons, will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. It will demonstrate progression and also uniformity between classes.
Predetermined learning objectives allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons. Activities are included within lesson to give the children the opportunity to self-assess and these allow children the opportunity to identify areas for self-improvement.
An individual’s progress will be recognised through recognition within the classroom and being awarded certificates during weekly celebration assemblies.
In order to be confident in the impact of PSHE across the whole school community, the RSHE leader will monitor the subject through discussion with pupils, gathering evidence of written activities, monitoring displays and through ongoing discussion with colleagues.
If any parents would like to request access to view the lesson plans used in school then please contact Mrs Irving via the school office and this can be arranged.