‘PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain…. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.’ PSHE association
When children leave St Thomas, we hope that they do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotional intelligence to be able to play a positive role in today’s society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
We aim to enable children to:
- Develop a confidence in sharing their own thoughts and opinions with others;
- Develop skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe;
- Develop an attitude of a responsible global citizen;
- Show tolerance of others' beliefs, religions and life choices;
- Build positive, respectful relationships with other people.
Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary 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, we deliver PSHE within a whole-school mindfulness approach allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Each lesson is built upon a Charter which underpins the behaviour and respect, and is split into 6 parts - Connect Us, Calm Me, Open My Mind, Tell Me or Show Me, Let Me Learn & Help Me Reflect; and finally Closure. A half-termly assembly introduces each new piece of the puzzle to the whole school.
Working as part of the Rights Respecting School initiative the whole school has weekly celebrations designed to draw out a key theme and reinforce its application, trying to ensure learning is translated into behaviour and attitudes. Children have the opportunity to reflect on their learning and its implications for their lives.
Our key concepts are:
Being me in my world
Dreams and goals
We make cross-curricular links where appropriate and invite outside agencies to support and extend learning where possible. Children have a healthy outlook towards school and their wider community, achieved through a mindful approach to PSHE. This leads to enhanced academic performance and life chances and therefore increased employability and social mobility. Through exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen.