Personal, Social and Health Education perfectly connects their emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. At Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
Our aim is to promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. We will prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
• Encourage pupils to value themselves and others and to develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and
• Allow pupils to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
• Teach the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law including mutual respect and tolerance
• Teach pupils how to make informed choices
• Prepare pupils to be positive and active members of a democratic society
• Teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
• Build an awareness of trusted adults in and out of school and who they can talk to if they feel worried.
• Provide pupils with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
• Provide pupils with the opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or the lives of
• Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships
• Help pupils to identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and
physical health; and how to stay safe online
• Promote the importance of health and hygiene
• Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary
to describe themselves and their bodies
Throughout the year we plan lessons and opportunities for the children to explore the PSHE curriculum. Our teaching follows the Jigsaw curriculum overview; Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.
The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.
This also supports the ‘Personal Development’ and ‘Behaviour and Attitude’ aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.
Early Years and KS1
All children in Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School we have a whole school approach to PHSE and follow Jigsaw scheme. This a comprehensive Programme for PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, through an engaging whole school approach.
Our PSHE lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
A jigsaw lesson is split into 6 parts -
Connect us – This is a game or activity designed to be fun and inclusive and to build and maximise social skills. ‘Connect us’ engenders positive relationships and enhances collaborative learning..
Calm me – This section of the Piece helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity.
Open my mind – The Reticular Activating System of the brain filters the many stimuli entering the child’s mind at any given time. It is designed only to allow in that which is significant. Therefore, it is important to engage this system with the most important aspects of learning intended for each Piece (lesson).
Tell me or show me – This section of the Piece (lesson) is used to introduce new information, concepts and skills, using a range of teaching approaches and activities.
Let me learn – Following Piaget’s learning model, after receiving new information/concepts, children need to manipulate, use, and play with that new information in order for it to make sense to them and for them to ‘accommodate’ it into their existing learning.
Help me reflect -Throughout Jigsaw, children are encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress. By reflecting, children can process and evaluate what they have learnt, which enables them to consolidate and apply their learning.
We enrich our PSHE curriculum through cross curricular links including strong links to mental health. We use SCARF resources to supplement our PSHE learning in the classroom and children regularly take part in emotional ABC lessons to develop their understanding of emotions to support their mental health. Yearly we have visit from the Life Bus to teach children the importance of keeping healthy and about our bodies. Weekly assemblies and closely linked to PSHE and our weekly celebration assembly gives children an opportunity to share their success and feel a sense of achievement. We also have an achievement wall and recognise children’s achievements outside of school on our school newsletter. We offer Relax Kids sessions for some children in school to develop their emotional resilience.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships.
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count.
- encourage children to be confident and unique
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
- Provide children with opportunities to build skills and habits which contribute to good Mental Health and wellbeing.
- Provide Pupil, staff and families with a safe, secure, reliable and accepting environment .
- Provide staff with the emotional support and flexibility required to enable a positive working environment.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging.
- Promoting pupil, parent and staff voice resulting in opportunities to participate in decision-making.
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect.
- Access to appropriate support that meets pupils and staff needs
- Ensuring our staff receive appropriate training and support to enable them to work to the best of their abilities and to meet the diverse needs of pupils.
- be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- have an understanding of the importance of being healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
- understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others.
- have a positive self esteem