Our Vision for P.S.E. and R.H.E. at Lee Common CE School
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Personal and Social Education (PSE) and Relationships and Health Education (RHE) are school subjects through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We deliver engaging and relevant PSE and RHE lessons within a whole-school approach. Our teaching helps our children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. The skills and attributes they develop help pupils to stay healthy and safe, preparing them for life and work in modern Britain. Additionally, it ensures children can celebrate diversity and ‘difference’ within society, giving them an understanding of equality and empathy towards others. At Lee Common, PSE and RHE help pupils to achieve their potential, thus leaving school equipped with skills they will need for the next stage of their education and throughout their later life.
At Lee Common we use the whole school approach of the Jigsaw Programme for PSE and RHE. Jigsaw combines all areas of P.S.E., including the now statutory Relationships and Health Education (RHE), in a progressive approach with an emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It is taught in a spiral, progressively, through a fully planned scheme of work. It provides children with relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships and attitudes towards themselves and others. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our children have the added benefit of spending valuable time in our wonderful school meadow and practising key skills of mindfulness during weekly yoga sessions. Our Relationships Education focuses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focuses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Further information about the Jigsaw approach can be found in the progression maps below..
Further Information about Relationships and Health Education
An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term. There are five main aims of teaching RHE:
- To enable children to understand and respect their bodies.
- To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development.
- To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image.
- To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
- To enable children to understand diversity and equality.
Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. Below is a summary of RHE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:
- Foundation Stage - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
- Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
- Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Health Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below and in our RHE Policy on our Policies page.
Useful Websites for Further Information
Mind – To provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Bullying – Advice and support for children and young people experiencing bullying.
CAHMS Resources – Resources to support mental health and wellbeing.
Childline – A counselling service for children and young people.
BBC Bitesize – PSHE and citizenship videos to help children’s understanding.
NCPCC’s Pantosaurus – A video to help children stay safe and keeping their private parts private.
NSPCC – Information and support for child abuse.
Pop ‘n’ Olly – LGBT+ education for primary schools.
Mind – Mental Wellbeing resources for young people.
Growth Mindset – Should you tell your kids they are smart or talented? Professor Carol Dweck answers this question and more, as she talks about her groundbreaking work on developing mindsets. She emphasizes the power of “yet” in helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.