PSHE Including Statutory Relationship/Sex Education
All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum:
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
At Chad Vale Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.
The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.
PSHE supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.
At Chad Vale Primary School we want our pupils to be happy, kind and unique. We encourage children to appreciate each other and be polite and helpful young people. It is our intent, that within a modern, social culture, we will prepare children with the skills and resilience required to be a confident and responsible citizen.
Alongside parents, we will aim to nurture the development of personal aspirations and to recognise their goals and potentials in life. By providing a safe environment for children, we will also encourage children to take risks and not be afraid of failure or mistakes; instead, celebrating the learning they can take from these ‘setbacks’.
Children’s mental health is of paramount importance to us and we want children, parents and carers to know where and how to access appropriate help and support.
Through our curriculum, our school environment, our school ethos and the strength of our relationships, we strive to promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional and physical well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on RESPECT for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.
Through our curriculum we want our pupils to know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and develop a growing awareness of a broad range of safety issues. Pupil voice lies at the heart of our school and the curriculum and opportunities we offer our pupils mean that pupils grow into independent, active and responsible members of our school community playing an active part in decision making.
In order to flourish, thrive and develop into happy adults who contribute effectively to society, pupils at Chad Vale Primary School develop their personalities and behaviour through the specific focus on important values that enable them to reflect, learn, behave with integrity and work consistently well with others. With these skills, combined with the development of responsibility and resilience, pupils are then able to draw upon their understanding in order to engage and excel in the ever-changing world in which they live both now and in the future.
At Chad Vale Primary School, the emphasis placed on both PSHE and RSE blends seamlessly into everyday school life in order to maximise the impact of acquiring essential knowledge.
We teach PSHE for an hour every week to every class using the Jigsaw scheme of work. It consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year. Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE (including Relationships and Health Education) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.
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.
The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).
The main themes taught during the year are:
Following consultation with parents it was decided that Chad Vale would not teach the 'sex education' parts of the curriculum. This means that are 3 lessons in total that are not taught. These are found in the 'Changing Me' units of learning.
The Jigsaw taught curriculum is enhanced by a combination of other Chad Vale practice and policy:
Our 3 school rules are:
All pupils at Chad Vale Primary School have the opportunity to earn 'Golden Signatures' for their learning, Class Dojos for the behaviour and earn Star, Learner or Writer of the week certificates. Awards badges are given by the Assistant Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher when pupils complete work of an exceptional individual standard or reach personal targets. These are highly prized by the children!
The School Council at Chad Vale Primary School is made up of pupils from Year Groups 1-6 with four pupils from each year group. The pupils are selected through a democratic process where the pupils put themselves forward as candidates and are then voted for by their peers. The School Council is a vehicle for pupil voice and provides a platform where this can be expressed in a meaningful and structured way to ensure that the opinions, views and ideas of all pupils can have an impact on decisions made in school. The school council also co-ordinates all fund-raising activities in school.
Children in Year 6 are encouraged to apply for the important leadership position of Pupil Governor. These are elected by the whole school Pupil Governors attend the meetings of our Curriculum and Committee sub-committee of governors and provide a link between the children and governors.
Positions of Responsibility
At the start of each academic year pupils are encouraged to apply for the many roles and responsibilities on offer. The role of Subject Ambassador is an important part of our curriculum development, and these children regularly meet with subject leaders to discuss the intent, implementation and impact of their chosen subject. Pupils often request or create positions of responsibility for themselves that reflects their personal interests. We currently have a Y5 Bird Crew (who maintain the bird feeding stations), a Y3 Nature Team and a Y4 Tree Club!
Extended Curriculum Opportunities
We recognise that the development of the whole child does not stop at 3.30pm. Through the provision of a wide range of after school clubs, pupils are given the opportunity to develop their personal interests, based on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, in a safe environment.
Additionally, Breakfast and After School Club facilitates wrap-around care (WACC) that further enables pupils to embed and put into practice the knowledge and understanding acquired through the implementation of Chad Vale Primary School’s PSHE Policy. The following extra curriculum opportunities further extend pupils’ learning of the wider world and relevant issues that focus the pupils’ beyond their primary education.
Pupils at Chad Vale Primary School are confident, polite and considerate to both those familiar to them and those who are not. They have a sound understanding of the meaning and importance of our school values and the essential requirements for effective communication and the development of positive relationships; they leave us well equipped to successfully embrace and enjoy secondary education with a very real view of being an effective and happy contributor in today’s world.
We are in the process of appointing new subject ambassadors for PSHE. They will be in post by July 2022.
Our School Code
Our School Code is displayed prominently around school to demonstrate our committment to equality and diversity.