Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education plays a vital part of children’s learning and development. PSHE supports children in many ways, including; understanding their emotions, becoming confident and independent, growing as individuals, accepting differences, appreciating and recognising their talents.
PSHE takes place during carefully planned, weekly sessions in classes. Circle time, stories, games and drama are some of the varied activities that take place in PSHE. We now follow the Jigsaw project, which is a series of lessons teaching children PSHE and also helping them in developing strategies to feel calm and be mindful of their own behaviours. We are also using the Taking Care project to support children in learning about protective behaviours and their own personal safety. A great deal of PSHE occurs in every part of school life through the values that we have at the Inspire Education Trust.
At Hearsall Community Academy, we enable children to learn about the British values through a combination of PSHE sessions (using the Jigsaw scheme of work), assemblies that target specific values and through class work that reflects what is currently happening in today’s society.
Children are introduced to the idea of democracy and the rule of law through class elections of school councillors and head boy and girl. Classes discuss what a fair vote is and hold class elections. The nominated school councillors help their peers to self-evaluate on strengths and next steps to improve their school. They then action this through improving identified areas such as wet play times and lunch menu choices.
Over time, children learn that their opinion is valued and that their voice counts. Through the Jigsaw charter used in PSHE sessions, the children respect each other’s contributions and learn how to convey their opinions without offending others. They also participate in Pupil Voice questionnaires at different points throughout the year to reflect on their experiences. School council meetings are held regularly to provide a forum for children to discuss their thoughts. The school council plays a vital role in ensuring that the pupil’s voices are listened to. The children work together to hold school events that raise money for causes that they deem special to our school.
Children discuss mutual respect for different faiths through delivery of R.E. sessions and celebrating key events in our school community such as Diwali, Ramadan and Christmas around the world. Children are encouraged to celebrate their heritage and share their languages with each other, which is displayed in our school. When children join Hearsall Community Academy from another country, we try to learn the basic languages to use in class to make them feel welcome.
Through the Jigsaw scheme, in UKS2, the children compare their experiences with children of other cultures and faiths to deepen their understanding of the world around them. A key part of this is Black History month which aims to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and to share information on positive black contributions to British society.
The Jigsaw unit ‘Celebrating Differences’ helps children to understand what makes them unique and to appreciate the differences between themselves and others in society. A key focus of this is understanding how people are affected by disabilities. From Year 4 upwards, we introduce the theme of ‘LGBT+’ to ensure children are aware of equality and that everyone feels safe to make independent choices.
In Year 6, the children are visited by a team of Magistrates so that they can learn about the British justice system. This is part of their transitional work before they leave primary school and move on to secondary.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
In September 2020 the curriculum has changed to make RSE education a mandatory part of children’s schooling.
RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. It involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. It is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
RSE will be taught to children through the delivery of PSHE sessions. The statutory sessions of RSE focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
We have also included content from the ‘No Outsiders In Our School’ programme of study which teaches children about the Equality Act (2010) in primary schools. These sessions cover Relationships Education and teach children that it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
All sessions covered link to an age appropriate fictional story and will be discussed within the child’s class.