Intent: At Datchet St Mary’s Academy we all adhere to the school ethos which is expressed through our Christian values; love and compassion, friendship, honesty, resilience, and equality. Our PSHE curriculum will prepare children with the skills and resilience required to be a confident and responsible citizen. Alongside parents, we will nurture the development of personal aspirations and to recognise their goals and potentials in life. By providing a safe environment for children, we will also encourage children to take risks and not be afraid of failure or mistakes. We will encourage children to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.
Implementation: Our whole school approach to teaching PSHE is based on a spiral curriculum using ‘Jigsaw’, which is a progressive scheme of work. It aims o ‘prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school starting with a shared assembly each half term to introduce new topics. The six topics covered are: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. Learning in each topic then takes place during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which explore the different themes. These themes are also embedded through all other 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 to other areas of learning.
At Datchet St Mary's, we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the ‘Jigsaw’.
Impact: By the time our children leave Datchet St Mary's they will:
The impact of following this programme will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We will use book looks, learning walks and assessment tools to analyse our impact. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to achieve.