PSHE Vision Statement
What is the vision for PSHE at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery?
children at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery are given a number of opportunities to discuss topical issues in class in an objective way, such as discussions on human rights, climate change and any other current affairs that are affecting the World that we live in.
How is this vision for PSHE to be achieved?
Our whole school approach to PSHE and RSE is down to the belief that success in these areas will lead to excellence across the whole curriculum. At The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery, we deliver the PSHE curriculum through the use of the Jigsaw scheme. The curriculum offers our children meaningful content and learning experiences that places an emphasis on:
The scheme is tailored by teachers to meet the specific needs of the children in our school. The application of the PSHE curriculum is intended to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to make self-informed decisions. Each session that is taught is recorded in exercise books. Classes complete their learning in many different ways, including the use of drama, circle time and some written activities. Evidence of these is gathered and then displayed within the exercise books for children to look through to recap previous learning. If occasions arise within individual classrooms where teachers feel that an extra PSHE session may be appropriate due to a specific issue, this is actively encouraged. Jigsaw lessons also include a wealth of mindfulness and wellbeing activities that allow the children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
How does the school know if the PSHE curriculum has been effective?
At the beginning of each unit the children complete a mind map to show their understanding of the topic prior to any teaching taking place. Learning objectives for each unit are stamped as ‘achieved’ or ‘working towards’. At the end of the topic, a second mind map is completed to show their progress in knowledge and skills within that topic. As a large percentage of the PSHE curriculum is verbal and delivered via circle times and discussions, on-the- spot assessments are carried out to show evidence of how each child can articulate their understanding of the topic that they have completed.
Assessment in Jigsaw is both formative and summative. The two clear learning objectives for each lesson allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within that session that can formatively help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons, and activities are included in each lesson to give the children the opportunity to self-assess using simple pictorial resources designed in a child-friendly, age-appropriate manner. It also allows children the opportunity to identify areas for self-improvement.