At Uplands Junior school we place a high value on the development of the ‘whole child’. The teaching of Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education underpins children’s development as people and supports their learning capacity. PSHE also forms part of our wider, holistic approach to addressing sensitive subjects and protection our pupils. Through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. We value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as individuals, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.
From September 2020, PSHE incorporates statutory Relationships Education and Health Education for all primary school pupils. At Uplands, we include statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme; some elements will also be reinforced through links in other areas of the curriculum such as Science and Religious Education.
PSHE at Uplands is taught in dedicated lessons, but is also embedded in our programme of assemblies and with links across the curriculum. We have selected the Jigsaw Programme for PSHE as this offers us a comprehensive scheme of work that provides consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. Jigsaw is a ‘mindful’ approach to PSHE with a spiral curriculum with learning that deepens and broadens each year. Lessons are supported through school assemblies and celebrations.
Personal and social skills
Using techniques such as role play, reflection and group discussion, children are taught to develop self-awareness, empathy, resilience, self-management and social skills. Lessons and resources are designed to help children address topics at an age appropriate level. Children are supported in setting aspirational goals, coping with difficult situations and dealing with interpersonal issues such as falling out with friends.
Children are taught to recognise the characteristics of healthy and positive relationships, including online relationships, and how to seek support if they experience problems or have concerns. Relationships education includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, and dealing with bereavement and loss. Children are taught to celebrate difference, how to recognise bullying behaviour and strategies for dealing with bullying situations.
Health education covers mental wellbeing, internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, lifestyle choices, rest and exercise, basic first aid, and the physical and emotional changes associated with adolescence and puberty.
Children are taught the importance of prevention in maintaining health, for example through keeping safe, careful handwashing, personal hygiene, dental hygiene and sun care. We also use PSHE to teach children about the risks of drugs and substance misuse.
Lessons in PSHE link with our Art of Brilliance work to ensure that children understand the importance of mental wellbeing and good mental health: children reflect on how to recognise and talk about their emotions and how to look after their own and others’ mental wellbeing.
Non-statutory sex education
The government recommends that all primary schools have a sex education programme, tailored to the age and maturity of pupils, that teaches the facts about human reproduction. We therefore provide some non-statutory sex education in Years 5 and 6, covering how human reproduction occurs. Parents have the right to request their child be withdrawn from the PSHE lessons that specifically refer to human reproduction. For more information please see our PSHE policy and Relationships and Sex Education Policy.
Children learn what money is, the importance of money, and simple budgeting. They also learn about different types of jobs and careers and are encouraged to think about what work they might like to do as adults and how they would like to contribute to society. Children in Year 4 run their own charity fundraising sale, whilst children in Year 6 organise a Macmillan coffee afternoon for parents and carers.
At Uplands we promote Respect for All and value every individual child. We also respect the right of our children, their families and our staff, to hold beliefs, religious or otherwise, and understand that sometimes these may be in tension with some aspects of PSHE Education. As with all teaching at Uplands, PSHE is taught in such a way as to be inclusive and value all children irrespective of their ability, gender, race, ethnicity, or any other protected characteristics.