Welcome to Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Relationship and Sex Education at Lightmoor
It is our intent, that through our PSHE curriculum we will equip pupils with a clear understanding of risk and the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions now and in the future. To embrace the challenges of developing into a happy, safe and successful adult, pupils need to be given knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. We are aware that everyone faces difficult situations in their life and we hope that through our PSHE curriculum we can support our young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
We follow the Jigsaw 3-11 scheme which offers engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. The curriculum is a mindful approach to Personal Social health Education (PSHE) and Emotional health and Wellbeing (EHWB), brings together PSHE, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. All pupils are explicitly taught a lesson a week. This supports teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class and getting to know them better as unique human beings. Every lesson from Early Years to upper Key Stage 2 offers opportunities for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group. The curriculum is a progressive and spiral scheme of learning that ensures that pupils build on prior learning, adding new concepts, knowledge and skills, year on year as appropriate.
Our curriculum consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year. Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE (including Relationships and Health Education) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills. Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes. This allows us, in addition to the explicitly taught lesson to constantly embed the learning in classrooms, lunchtimes, break times and throughout the school day. This builds cohesion and inclusivity, with all adults promoting the same message.
The six units of work are;
- Being in my world: this includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
- Celebrating difference: this includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
- Dreams and goals: this includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
- Healthy Me: this includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
- Relationships: this includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
- Changing me: this puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education)
We have tailored our PSHE curriculum to meet the needs of pupils to include work on zones of regulation and the delivery of ‘Expect Respect’ lessons across the school (our domestic abuse programme). Every unit has a local context and we use the richness and diversity of our school to ensure that it meets the needs of all our pupils.
At Lightmoor, our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. There are opportunities in individual lessons and at the start and end of a unit of work to assess whether children know and remember more. There are clear end points for pupils in all year groups to achieve age related outcomes in PSHE. We strive to ensure that all pupils at Lightmoor are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking,
because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings.
Always believe in yourself” – Unknown
PSHE and RSE Leads: Mrs Cowan and Miss Edwards