At Ford Primary School we aim to ensure that our children develop the skills necessary to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We are committed to helping children make informed choices about the way they live their lives in terms of how they feel about themselves and their relationships with other people.
It is our intent that all children will have the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We approach each day at school with a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. The teaching and learning of PSHE using the Jigsaw programme supports this.
In line with the new RHE Curriculum Guidance 2020 and using the Jigsaw programme across the school from Foundation to Y6 pupils will cover six key themes:
Being Me In My World
Dreams and Goals
Through using Jigsaw, our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members, members of society and the wider global community.
Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term. It is embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links with other areas of learning. During the weekly assembly the children are introduced to the mindfulness theme of the week.
Weekly lessons and whole school approaches will provide:
accurate and relevant knowledge
opportunities to create personal understanding
opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
promote a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life.
It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings.
Children at Ford also acquire an understanding and experience of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their world, help them value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen. Children are encouraged to accept responsibility including representing their peers as school councillors, becoming peer mediators and leading assemblies. The children are encouraged to explore and support their local community in a variety of ways including working with local business and charities, visiting local places of interest and encouraging visitors to the school. Each year we ensure that pupils are engaged in activities that promote career aspirations, develop financial skills and encourage creativity.
At Ford Primary School we seek to ensure that the PSHE that we teach improves the physical and social well-being of pupils. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, aspirational and confident individuals. Providing a consistent and regular delivery of Jigsaw allows us to fulfil this.
In addition, we will support our pupils to be emotionally literate, have an understanding and awareness of their mental health and well-being and enable them to take the next steps in life in safety and with confidence.