At The Colleton we believe PSHE and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
We aim to promote personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give our children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. Including:
- Development of self-confidence and self-esteem and ability to make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- To know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle both emotionally and physically
- Awareness of safety issues including in the on-line world
- Understand what makes healthy relationships with others
- Understand our common humanity, diversity and differences within society
- Have respect and tolerance for our diverse community
- Be independent and responsible members of the school community
- Be positive and active members of a democratic society
- Have a clear understanding of what protected characteristics are
- Be aware of the value and management of money and have a basic understanding of enterprise
- Develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
For Relationships and Sex education we also focus on:
- How to form and maintain healthy relationships
- The physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults.
- To develop their understanding of human reproduction
- To respect their own bodies and the importance of a committed long term and loving relationship
- To respect the views and wishes of others.
- How to recognise and manage emotions in a range of relationships
- How to keep themselves safe
Having introduced children to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society.
Throughout their time at The Colleton the children will be taught using the golden threads of mutual respect, self-care, being a global citizen and being safe.
The children will take part in a range of activities, delivered using a range of teaching and learning styles, that include discussions, role play, games, investigations and problem-solving. We also provide opportunities for the children to take part in activities that promote active citizenship such as charity fundraising. Children have opportunities to meet and work with people in our community (e.g. members of the local church, health workers) whom we invite into school to talk about their roles. Children may take on roles of responsibility during their school life such as becoming a school council rep or monitor.
At the Colleton we have adopted the Jigsaw PSHE programme as a basis for teaching. Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding of areas using the following pieces:
- Being Me in my World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
Each Jigsaw session begins with “Calm Me” time which teaches the children breathing and mindfulness techniques. This also links with our Zones of Regulation approach to teaching children strategies to help them understand and manage their emotions and their response to others. These tools allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus whilst encouraging them to build resilience and nurture their mental and physical health.
As part of our PSHE curriculum, we also follow a Values Based Education which focuses on different values each month. Our values are: positivity, aspiration, resilience, independence, kindness, compassion, honesty, trust/cooperation, responsibility, respect, acceptance and empathy. These are shared and explored during lessons and assemblies.
Our children are encouraged to demonstrate positive learning behaviours through our Colleton School Code so that they are: ready and curious; respectful and kind; safe and secure. PSHE lessons provide a multitude of opportunities to refine and develop these skills.
By the time our children leave our school they will:
- manage their own emotions and behavior
- manage their own self care
- be knowledgeable about their bodies and how to look after them
- show empathy and awareness of others
- demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others.
- have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.
- take responsibility for their actions.
- have a good understanding of how to stay safe and to look after their bodies
- have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society and develop relationships with others.
- demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
- be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
In order to be confident in the impact of PSHE across the whole school community, the PSHE leader will monitor the subject through discussion with pupils, gathering evidence of written activities, monitoring displays and through ongoing discussion with colleagues.