At The Ridge Junior School, the aim of PSHE is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the world around them in order to help them develop as young citizens. In an ever-changing world, it is important that children are aware, at an appropriate level, of different factors that will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. PSHE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly RE, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
At the Ridge Junior School, PSHE is taught through Jigsaw a comprehensive scheme of work, which includes Relationships and Health Education. Each half term has a unit theme: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. These are taught to an appropriate level depending on the age of the children.
These units are linked to safeguarding, the school values, British values, rights and responsibilities, and Growth Mind-sets so that the children have depth and breadth within this area of the curriculum. Lessons involve class discussions and group activities and evidence of the work completed is recorded in their PSHE book.
As needed, support is provided to children when they find particular topics more challenging and each class has a worry box, in which the children can share any concerns, whether they arise from lessons or from something else.
Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within our curriculum is vital, as first and foremost, we want our children to be safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum provides them with a chance to reflect and learn about these crucial elements.
Our children and staff value well-being, mental health and good citizenship. Through our curriculum, we believe that we prepare children for the next stage in their education as well as preparing them, during this vital stage of their life, for the adult world.