At St Paul's we have strong links with the Church and local community. Our PSHE curriculum reflects the ethos of the school as a Christian community. PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It also helps pupils to become informed, active and responsible members of the community. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing, we help to develop their sense of self-worth.
PSHE is taught using Jigsaw: The Mindful Approach to PSHE. It is taught through a range of teaching methods, including discussion, role play, debate, circle time, games, problem-solving, investigations and recorded activities. All of which are used to develop interactive learning. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health and well-being. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
We also develop both staff and children's physical fitness through PE, the Daily Mile, Fitter Future, participating in a wide variety of sports matches and competitions, and other events such as staff vs. children's sports activities. Children are encouraged to eat healthily and drink plenty of water at school and our school catering team adapt and develop menus to ensure a variety of healthy choices are on offer. In addition to this our KS1 and KS2 gardening clubs grow food that is then used in the school kitchen. We also have themed days and weeks through the year focusing on health and well-being such as Kindness Week, Feeling Good Week, Well-Being Week and Sports Day.
We also develop PSHE in assemblies, and through whole school events:
- We have weekly celebration assemblies and House assemblies. Our Houses and House Captains have particular responsibilities that encourage specific aspects of PSHE.
- The School Council, Well-Being Champions and ECO Committee are also an important part of developing citizenship and promoting health and well-being for our pupils.
- Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential school visit that is an important part of their PSHE education.
- Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship such as charity fundraising, local community events (with the church, local schools etc.), planning of special school events (such as an assembly, open evening), or involvement in helping other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves. KS2 children particularly also organise ‘enterprise’ tasks.
- We ensure we are included in various workshops, trips and experiences that allow children to develop their self-confidence.
- We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police and local clergy, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.
Attached below is further information about PSHE in our school, including our St Paul's PSHE Intent, Implication, Impact statement, details of our school curriculum and some information about Growth Mindsets and Mindfulness.