At Northfield Primary School, we aim to promote pupil’s personal, social, spiritual and health education, as well as their emotional development and well-being. We build on statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and in statutory guidance and follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work to provide consistency throughout our school, support staff with subject knowledge and reduce teacher workload. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. This enables them to learn life skills to assist their personal, spiritual and physical growth. We explore the changes that everyone undergoes to deal with today’s society and give pupils an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being an outstanding citizen.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. In addition, our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of RSE, as set in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
The subject leader is responsible for ensuring a whole school progression is outlined from EYFS to year 6 and ensure teachers use a long term PSHE programme to equip pupils with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught in the previous to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more.
At Northfield PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and is integrated throughout our curriculum. In addition, we ensure that children receive regular PSHE lessons which focus on key objectives and skills. Teaching and learning in the classroom shows progression across all key stages within the PSHE core themes; being me in my world, celebrating differences, dreams and goals, healthy me, relationships and changing me. RSE is threaded through these core themes but is at the heart of two cores themes (relationships and changing me). The curriculum at Northfield identifies links to British Values, SMSC and key skills into the curriculum. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class and we encourage this where possible.
PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. We have a whole school assembly to launch each theme and children continue learning at an age appropriate level. Where whole school assemblies cannot take place, class assemblies take place. In KS2, children have daily 'talking circles' which focus on a key current affair through our ‘Picture News’ learning. KS1 children take part in the Jigsaw schemes assemblies in order to extend and consolidate their learning in class. Both 'Picture News' and 'Jigsaw assemblies' help develop a range of personal, social, spiritual, moral and cultural skills that equip children for life in modern day Britain.
The subject leader is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning of PSHE from year 1 to year 6. The subject leader has a detailed action plan which is reviewed termly. Termly pupil voice and staff interviews\questionnaires are conducted and reviewed in order to improve PSHE teaching and learning throughout school. Regular staff updates, CPD and support is offered to staff in order to guide their planning and teaching of PSHE.
The subject leader is currently working alongside staff to develop the PSHE curriculum further to ensure that the children at Northfield receive an in depth curriculum with plenty of opportunity to revisit, review and remember what they have learnt. Recently, across school we have introduced learning quizzes which have enabled us to revisit, consolidate and embed taught skills or information and allow us to measure the impact of our PSHCE learning. At Northfield it is paramount that children have opportunity to implement their personal, social, health and emotional learning in everyday situations and we encourage, where possible real life context to be given. This has been reflective across school through many extra-curricular activities and events. For example, we have recently introduced ambassador groups across school to allow children to share their passions and skills and actively support and promote subjects. It is through these types of activities, where the children's PSHCE learning can shine through. In particular, this year, the children at Northfield have shown greater skills in listening, responsibility and empathy and this has led to a more positive learning environment and improvements in behaviour. As leaders, we feel that this has been an impact of the consistent PSHCE teaching across school. During the academic year 2020-21 we adapted our PSHCE curriculum greatly in response to the COVID_19 pandemic and it is evident that this teaching has supported the children at Northfield in understanding the world around them and managing and dealing with their emotions throughout this time.
What does PSHE look like at Northfield?
Fundamental to everything we do at Northfield is an overarching aim to ensure we have a caring and inclusive community where safety is key, every one is equal and everyone matters. Whilst we aim to teach PSHE discretely through our broad curriculum, assemblies and other educational activities, we also ensure that we have dedicated PSHE lessons which progress from EYFS to year 6.
We have recently reviewed the way we teach RSHE at Northfield based on RSE guidance from DfE (see below). We aim to teach RSE throughout our whole curriculum. Therefore, much of our RSE learning will take place during our PSHCE, Science, P.E and ICT lessons and this learning may be reinforced throughout other curriculum areas. This is to ensure that the core knowledge is broken down into units of manageable size and communicated clearly to children within clearly sequenced lessons. Teachers are therefore able to choose the right opportunities to teach RSE content within context so that children can embed the knowledge and it can be used within their everyday lives. We ensure that children's prior knowledge is considered and as a result, RSE is a key part of our 'Jigsaw' PSHCE scheme. RSE runs through each unit of our scheme and there is a dedicated unit 'changing me' which focuses primarily on RSE content.
At Northfield we use floor books to record and evidence learning in PSHCE. The floor books capture a sequence of progressive lessons which encourage the children's thinking, discussions and group work within PSHCE lessons. They are made up annotated photographs, lesson contexts and children's work. They aim to describe practical learning opportunities and experiences through brief descriptions and photographs as well as showing differentiation within phase groups.
Take a look at our floor books
Here a few images of children during their PSHCE learning or related activities and things they have said about what they have learnt or enjoy about PSHCE learning at Northfield.
It is the responsibility of the PSHCE ambassadors to actively promote PSHCE at Northfield.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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