PSHE at Banks Road Primary School
The aim of PSHE at our school is to engage pupils in a robust and comprehensive curriculum that takes a mindful approach that supports both emotional literacy, social skills and personal development. We want our pupils to build strong and positive relationships with their peers as unique human beings. With this in mind, lessons set out the specific knowledge and skills we intend our pupils to obtain.
We plan and deliver our PSHE curriculum using a whole school approach through a combination of complimentary Schemes of Work: Jigsaw and No Outsiders. Weekly lessons are taught from Jigsaw with all year groups working on the same theme at the same time, thus ensuring thorough and consistent coverage from EYFS to Year 6.
The mindful approach to PSHE is developed in 3 main ways:
- The ‘Calm Me’ element in each lesson; this consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations, enabling children to quiet their minds, become aware of their thoughts and feelings and manage these positively in their responses.
- The taught curriculum; lessons provide pupils with opportunities to explore their thoughts and feelings, to expand their emotional vocabulary, explore thoughts-feelings-consequence sequences, build their confidence and express themselves in a safe environment.
- ‘Pause Points’ in lessons, which ask children to ‘stop and look inside’ to practise observing their thoughts and feelings relating to what they are learning about in that lesson.
Each half term pupils are taught a lesson from the No Outsiders programme through a specific book which focuses on diversity as a whole.
Impact is assessed and monitored in the following ways:
Formative assessment, which informs the next steps in teaching whilst working through a topic
End of key stage age-related expectations for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. There are three age-related expectation descriptors for each enquiry in each year group. These expectations (working AT, TOWARDS and BEYOND) give guidance for assessing each of the 3 aspects of learning involved and made explicit in Jigsaw.
Year One Overview
Year Two Overview
Year Three Overview
Year Four Overview
Year Five Overview
Non Statutory Sex Education
Following consultation at Banks Road Primary School with the senior leadership team, teaching staff and a parent/carer focus group, it has been decided, not to teach Sex Education beyond the content taught within the Science Curriculum, which teaches about sexual reproduction in mammals.
This decision will be reviewed at regular intervals to meet the changing and specific needs of our pupils.
Teaching resources and lesson content will be shared with parents and carers at, ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings at the start of the academic year.
At Banks Road Primary School we use Jigsaw as our main teaching tool to support teaching and learning in PSHE.
Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Calm me – This section of the PSHE lesson (Piece) helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. It may well take a number of sessions before children can do this successfully,as many children live in continually noisy and hectic environments. It is an invaluable life skill which also enhances reflection and spiritual development. This underpins the mindful approach advocated in Jigsaw.
At Banks Road, we have adopted these mindful exercises, introduced in the Headteacher’s assembly each half term, and then utilised in every year group’s lessons from Year 1 to Year 6.
Calm Me exercise – Rainbow Relaxation
Calm Me exercise – Bubble Bounce
No Outsiders at Banks Road
At Banks Road Primary School one of our aims is to support pupils to develop the characteristics and personal qualities which will help to prepare them for life in the 21st Century.
We want to deliver a curriculum that enables our children to understand and respect the benefits that exist in a society where difference and diversity are celebrated. We teach the children to respect and accept diversity and difference, to feel that they are never an outsider and to welcome all who they meet. The principle of equality is that everyone is treated fairly without suffering discrimination or prejudice.
No Outsiders is a proactive approach which encourages children to value and celebrate each other. The teaching of ‘No Outsiders’ challenges stereotypes and the use of derogatory language in lessons and around school.
Underpinning our teaching of No Outsiders is the Equality Act 2010 which makes it against the law to discriminate against an individual because of a range of protected characteristics.
The ‘No Outsiders’ approach uses a range of 35 picture books through which all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 will be taught about diversity.
Themes covered include:
- Religion or belief
- Gender & Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Marriage or civil partnership
You can find out more about No Outsiders on https://no-outsiders.com/
‘No Outsiders’, alongside other elements of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) curriculum aims to develop the ethos of the school into one where every member of the school community feels welcome.
Everyone is welcome at Banks Road Primary School!