PSHE Rationale:

Throughout Merritts Brook, PSHE underpins all that we do as it is essential for the development of all children, ensuring understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Our approach facilitates, in both school ethos and specific lessons, understanding, knowledge and skills of all crucial aspects of family life, personal and physical development, mental wellbeing and relationships.  We believe this will support the pupils throughout their life to enable resilient and positive individuals who are aware of a sense of community, positive attitudes, confidence and their self-worth.

Personal, Social, Health Education in Merritts Brook is carefully sequenced throughout all year groups to ensure age appropriate and constantly developing needs are met.

Our provision is based on Jigsaw which is focused on a mindful approach to PSHE.  This tool supports the development, planning and delivery of PSHE within our school, ensuring a graduated approach.  Delivery of this essential part of our curriculum is personalised for the needs of the individuals within our school.

Underpinning the Jigsaw approach is the idea of community with shared songs, assemblies, concepts, celebrations and displays which ensure the whole school experience values and a school ethos which is common to all and ensure an integrated outcome.

Jigsaw follows a clear and consistent structure across all year groups, ensuring age-appropriate development throughout each stage.  Each half term has a topic focus.  Each topic is a jigsaw piece which fit together to make ‘the full picture’ across an academic year. This approach ensures pupils can retrieve previous learning and build upon this, providing a solid base for new skills and understanding. The ‘pieces’ are outlined below:

Autumn 1 Being Me in My world
Autumn 2 Celebrating Difference
Spring 1 Dreams and Goals
Spring 2 Healthy Me
Summer 1 Relationships
Summer 2 Changing Me

Within the year, we deliver our RSHE curriculum, meeting statutory requirements which are essential to prepare pupils for changes in their bodies from Nursery to Year 6.  This is delivered as a graduated provision, with government guidance and age-appropriate understanding guiding our approach.

Sex education, which is a crucial part of understanding change and themselves, is taught in Year 6.  This will be after a discussion with parents of the objectives, delivery and resources which will be used in this important part of our curriculum.

 

Children across school are taught the PANTS Rule which has been developed by The NSPCC.  It outlines the following five steps to enable children to understand their rights:

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember our body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

 

PSHE Across the Year

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Whole School British Values

 

PANTS assembly

 

Black History Month

 

E-safety Assembly

 

Mental Health Week

British Values

 

Bonfire Night Safety (Fire Station staff visit)

British Values

 

Mental Health Week

British Values British Values British Values

 

Sun safety

 

Water safety

 

Health Week

Reception  

Being in my world

Celebrating difference Dreams & goals  

Healthy me

 

Relationships

Changing me
Year 1  

Being in my world

 

Celebrating difference

Dreams & goals  

Healthy me

 

Relationships

 

Changing me

Year 2  

Being in my world

Celebrating difference  

Dreams & goals

Healthy me Relationships Changing me
Year 3 Being in my world Celebrating difference Dreams & goals Healthy me Relationships Changing me
Year 4  

Being in my world

 

Celebrating difference

Dreams & goals Healthy me Relationships Changing me
Year 5  

Being in my world

Celebrating difference  

Dreams & goals

Healthy me Relationships Changing me
Year 6  

Being in my world

Celebrating difference Dreams & goals Healthy me Relationships Changing me

British Values

At Merritts Brook we are keen to develop global, community conscious citizens who are prepared for life in modern Britain.  This is facilitated with our focus on British Values in both our school life and specific activities.  Assemblies, displays, discussions and lessons ensure children clearly understand their responsibility.

The Department for Education (Dfe) has required ‘all schools to promote the historical and current values that underpin the national identity known as being British.’

Whilst celebrating diversity in our school we also develop children’s understanding of British values and celebrate our role in Modern Britain.

British values as defined by the DfE are:

  • Democracy: Respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process
  • The rule of law: Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Individual liberty: Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Mutual respect and tolerance: Support for equality of opportunity for all and respect and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

 

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