‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’

Mahatma Ghandi

 

Intent

At Mersey Park Primary School, our intent for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is to enable our children to become independent, responsible and healthy members of society. Our PSHE curriculum helps pupils to become more aware of any moral, social and cultural issues that they might face whilst growing up, as well as understanding how they are developing personally and socially. Through weekly lessons, visitors to the school, themed weeks and assemblies, we will teach the children how to develop a sense of self-worth, their rights and responsibilities and exactly what it takes to be a positive role model in school and its wider community.

Implementation

Our curriculum is led by the Jigsaw scheme which is a mindful approach, bringing together Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. As a school we have used this scheme to develop a curriculum which meets our children’s needs and allows staff to build relationships with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings.

Jigsaw lessons are delivered alongside Philosophy for Children (P4C), the Rights Respecting Schools agenda, the No Outsiders project and the REST EASY approach to behaviour management, to meet the needs of our pupils.

Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Our PSHE curriculum is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme at the same time. This enables each theme to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Over the year, each year group complete work on ‘six puzzles’ that fit together to make a ‘Jigsaw’. They are:

Autumn 1            Being me in my world

Autumn 2            Celebrating differences including Anti-Bullying activities

Spring 1               Dreams and Goals

Spring 2               Healthy Me

Summer 1           Relationships

Summer 2           Changing Me including Sex Education

Mersey Park Primary School’s values – Be Nice, Work Hard, Never Give Up – are reinforced not only through the work of the PSHE curriculum but throughout school life.

Every class has created their own ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ charter, where the pupils vote on the four most important rights for themselves within the class, which then become the focus of their charter.  Each class also creates and signs an Anti-bullying contract at the beginning of the school year.  Anti-bullying work is embedded throughout the school year, also covering online safety and cyberbullying.

Each year group carries out a range of diversity activities through the ‘No Outsiders’ project and this work is revisited regularly through class stories and assemblies.  All classes participate in regular P4C sessions which provide children with the opportunity to express their own opinions in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Our PSHE curriculum also reinforces the concepts of the 20th Kid and develops Mersey Park (Growth) Mind-set, through a variety of activities.  There are also PSHE sessions for each year group that support British Values and the Prevent agenda.

Children record their PSHE work in either a class Jigsaw/SMSC book in Early Years and Key Stage 1 or an individual Inside Out book in Key Stage 2.

Impact

By the time children leave Mersey Park Primary School they will have a good understanding of how to be healthy, independent and responsible members of society. They will have participated in opportunities to develop personally and socially.  They will demonstrate an understanding of how to develop and maintain positive relationships, showing increasing self-awareness interlinked with compassion towards others.

They will have an overview of many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in a diverse society. They will have learnt about rights and responsibilities and will have been encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

 

Every class has created their own ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ charter. The pupils voted on the four most important rights to themselves within the class, which then become the focus of their charter.

 

Every year group carries out a Diversity Day each year. Below is display of some of the children’s work:

 

Every Year group has the opportunity to participate in regular P4C sessions, which are often Topic, Literacy or School Value based. P4C provides children the opportunity to express their own opinions in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

 

Every class keeps an SMSC evidence class book that is updated with work and activities relating to these areas. They also refer to the concept of the 20th Kid and Mersey Park (Growth) Mind-set.

 

Click on the link below for the latest PSHE Report to Governors:

PSHE Report to Governors – June 2021