PSHE subject coordinator – Miss E Evans
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PSHE at Moat Farm Infant School lays the foundations for factual knowledge required by young people in later years. Effective PSHE lessons, encourage children to reflect upon and develop their own values, attributes, personal and social skills including awareness of the values of their own community and others, whilst understanding the beliefs and ideas of their peers and increase their knowledge and understanding, so that they are able to make informed decisions and life choices both now and in the future. This includes positive benefits of loving, rewarding safe and responsible relationships, developing positive mental health and emotional well-being and develop the skills to be digitally safe. Thus, we hope that the PHSE curriculum at Moat Farm Infant School will allow children to be independent, curious and confident individuals.
We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of Primary education and therefore it underpins our 4 curriculum drivers: Learning for Life; Possibilities; Creative and Expressive Arts and Enterprise. PSHE is taught explicitly across all year within weekly jigsaw lessons. Jigsaw is a comprehensive PSHE Education programme which has two aims for all children: to build their capacity for learning; to provide children with the knowledge and skills to equip them for life. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six lessons which link directly with our school values:
- Being Me in My Word – Collaboration
- Celebrating Difference – Respect
- Dreams and Goals – Creativity
- Healthy Me – Perseverance
- Relationships – Caring
- Changing Me – Reflectiveness
Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Our PSHE curriculum is constructed using statutory guidance detailed in Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, 2020.
Circle Times are also used to discuss arising issues within the wider world, important news events and real-life concepts allowing children to debate, question and discuss. Our PSHE lessons capture the requirements of the Department for Education for all schools ‘to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
We equip our pupils with the necessary skills that enable them to progress into healthy, independent and proactive members of their communities; who challenge stereotypes and break perceived barriers that may impact upon their future potential.
PSHE is integral in our school curriculum. We provide many enrichment opportunities to enhance our curriculum.
Useful Websites and Mindfulness Activities:
Nursery / Reception
Activities to encourage Calmness and Mindfulness
- Mindful breathing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIbBI-BT9c4
- Bubble breathing (This is simply using blowing bubbles to help to introduce younger children to calming breathing in a fun way).
- Looking at the clouds
- Yoga https://www.youtube.com/@CosmicKidsYoga
- Sensory bottle (using glitter and water)
- Listening to calming relaxation music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUXEeAXywCY