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At Saint Anne’s Catholic Primary School, we recognise the value of Personal, Social and Health Education PSHE as an integral part of our curriculum as it enables our children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes they require to manage their lives both in the present and in the future. We use the “Jigsaw” scheme to teach elements of our PSHE curriculum.

Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. 
A range of these ideas are explored through each PSHE unit and provide lenses through which to consider different aspects of this area of the pupil’s personal development.

  • Being me in your world (Who am I? Understanding your own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community)
  • Celebrating differences (Understanding diversity, respect, anti-bullying including cyber and homophobic bullying)
  • Dreams and goals (achievement, goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society)
  • Healthy me (body and mind, drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem, confidence, healthy lifestyles, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise)
  • Relationships (Friends, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss)
  • Changing me/Life to the full (Change, transition, relationships and Sex Education)

These are PSHE / life skills that are taught and applied through each unit of the PSHE curriculum. These skills build progressively as pupils move through the school.

  • Emotional literacy – (Self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation, managing feelings)
  • Responsibility – (Personal responsibility, responsibility towards others, relationships, world of work, staying safe, health)
  • Resilience – (Developing strategies for resilience, ambition, personal best, managing emotions)
  • Written and oral expression: (Using social and emotional literacy to confidently discuss personal experiences and the experiences of others in a variety of ways, making comparisons and links, explanations, awareness of audience, using evidence to support statements)

In PSHE, by the end of EYFS children will:
Begin to develop and form positive relationships with adults and other children. This can be seen as they begin to show sensitivity towards others’ needs and feelings while playing cooperatively and understanding turn-taking. In addition, the children will be developing their self-confidence and self-awareness by demonstrating that they can take risks in trying new activities. These children will be able to articulate when and how they need help, even in groups. Furthermore, when managing feelings and behaviour, they are able to show and talk about their own emotions as well as those of others. They will also understand how to differentiate between positive and negative behaviour and understand that unacceptable behaviour could have consequences.

By the end of Key Stage 1 children will:
Develop their awareness of themselves and others in contexts which are familiar to them – such as their home and school. They will also be able understand how their behaviour impacts others around them and how to keep themselves safe and happy. The children will be able to identify what makes us all unique and special, just like our mission statement, and celebrate diversity within St Anne’s Catholic Primary School. Closely related, children will be able to articulate their understanding of bullying and recognise the negative impact it has. When considering their aspirations and goals, children can express how they feel when they succeed and can begin to work collaboratively in groups to achieve a common goal. Children will be able to understand how their body has changed from being a baby and can use the correct terms to describe parts of their body that are private (in year two specifically) As well as this, children will know how to take care of their bodies and mental health by leading a healthy lifestyle.

By the end of Key Stage 2 children will:
Be able to apply their understanding of themselves and others into the wider context of their communities and the world. Children will leave primary school with the skills needed to be a well-rounded member of society with a concrete understanding of their emotions and how to manage them effectively. By building on their knowledge from Key Stage 1, children will have further explored the diverse world we live in and will have built an understanding of the negative impact discriminatory behaviour can have whilst showing empathy with victims of this crime. In addition to this, children will understand how their body changes through puberty and into adulthood. Children will unravel the complex and confusing emotional changes that they experience during this stage of their lives. Furthermore, children will have an understanding of the detrimental impact that negative relationships with food, substances and media can have on their bodies and mental health. They will be resilient children who have the correct tools to deal with and overcome challenges and set-backs. Children will be able to take their aspirations and apply them to the wider world allowing them to become a role model and a positive global citizen.