At Beech Hill School, it is our intent that all children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them safe and healthy in their life past education. Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) plays an integral role in this and, as a school, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life.
How our PSHE curriculum is constructed
Following the Jigsaw scheme, PSHE is taught across the school from Reception – Year 6 on a weekly basis. The scheme equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
The Jigsaw scheme has six units that are listed below. Within each unit there are six lessons (Puzzle Pieces) that aim to provide children with:
– accurate and relevant knowledge
– opportunities to create personal understanding
– opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
– a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life
Jigsaw’s Units of work (Puzzles) are as follows:
- Being Me in My World
Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
- Celebrating Difference
Includes anti-bullying and diversity work.
- Dreams and Goals
Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
- Healthy Me
Includes self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
- Changing Me
This puzzle includes relationships education in the context of coping positively with change.
Relationships Education and PSHE Policy
Long Term Planning
For more details about each puzzle taught throughout the year take a look at the long term overview here.
Cultural Capital in PSHE
Alongside the Jigsaw scheme of work, we have a range of activities to enhance the children’s PSHE journey throughout the year.
These include the following:
Hearts for Homes – An initiative influenced by the current Covid-19 circumstances where children made love hearts with messages on to send to elderly people in care homes who have restrictions on visitors.
Anti-bullying week – A week dedicated to highlighting the importance of not bullying, who children can talk to if worried and an odd sock day!
Family Challenge – a half termly challenge where families have up to 6 activities to complete within the holidays. Please see the Christmas one below.
Year 6 Memory Café (on hold due to Covid-19) – a café set up in school for elderly people with dementia. The children build relationships with the elderly people through serving refreshments, playing games and making memories together.
Aspirations Day – Children dress up as what they would like to be when they are older and have a variety of visitors from different professions to come and share their experiences with the children. (TBC not yet happened)
Examples of Work