PSHE Subject Leader: Mrs Burtt
Gade Valley strives to:
At Gade Valley, PSHE is taught using the Jigsaw approach. As a school, we chose to use the scheme as a framework for delivering high quality learning opportunities. The framework is broken down into half-termly puzzles which ensure all areas of the PSHE for the primary phase are covered.
Through proactive PSHE teaching and learning, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each lesson. This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and enjoyable activities- where children can begin to understand their thoughts, feelings and learn techniques to support the regulation of their emotions and build emotional resilience, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
All PSHE lessons include the Gade Valley principles of learning. This ensures all teachers are mindful of pupils learning styles, provide effective challenge for all pupils ensuring all their individual needs are being met and good learning behaviours are displayed. Each Key Stage work on the same theme at the same time, this enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Teachers are then able to teach the lessons either weekly or in blocks. Throughout the year, children are given opportunities to demonstrate the skills they have learnt through special PSHE days. In the autumn term, they are encouraged to provide gifts for families that are less fortunate than they are in their local community as well as communities around the world.
In the Early Years, PSHE lessons are taught through all areas of learning. Both Nursery and Reception classes have daily circle-time to develop social and emotional skills. Through child-initiated-learning, pupils are provided with opportunities to further develop these skills.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
As a school, SRE is taught through the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle which provides teaching and learning intentions for each year group. Effective SRE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by children if they are to establish and maintain relationships. In addition, it provides opportunities for children to understand the difference between safe and abusive relationships and equips them with the skills to get help if they need it.
Drug and Alcohol Education
The Drug and Alcohol Education programme at our school reflects the school ethos and demonstrates and encourages the following values. For example:
The PSHE Curriculum is sequenced to demonstrate progression through all the year groups. Each puzzle has clear assessment criteria, which all teachers follow. This enables teachers to ensure the majority of their class are achieving age related. In addition, the impact of PSHE is monitored through observing children’s behaviour towards each other in and outside of the classroom and through regular pupil voice.
Up to December 2019, the following measureable impact includes: