Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) at Meadowhead Infant School and Nursery is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. With an ever changing society, we intend to provide the children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.
At Meadowhead Infant School, we aim to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, and to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
This is done through discreet Jigsaw lessons alongside giving the children a variety of experiences, building strong supportive and warm relationships, and facilitating participation in the wider school life. Through our Jigsaw lessons different topics are covered throughout the academic year such as:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing me (including Sex Education)
We also promote our school values (Friendship, Kindness, Teamwork, Respect and Ambition) and encourage emotional development through whole school assemblies and class worship. Assemblies take place in the school hall for 20 minutes and during this time all the children from across the school are brought together to explore and reflect upon the importance of both our School Values and British Values.
We believe that PSHE promotes cultural capital and it enables children to become healthier, more independent and happier which allows them to be prepared for adult life in British society. It aims to help children understand how they are developing socially, and undertakes many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) issues that are part of growing up. This is fundamental to their cognitive development and success inside and outside of school.
British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning in PSHE:
- British Values: Lessons taught at our school reinforce messages of tolerance and respect for others; embracing differences and accepting others. Our curriculum intent aims to respond to the diversity of children’s cultures, faiths and family background.
- Social: Children will learn to discuss their views with others and show appreciation and tolerance of other views, whether they are similar or different to their own. This will support their social development for the present and the future.
- Moral: Children will learn to be tolerant and understanding of different people. Children will learn to accept and embrace differences.
- Spiritual: Children will be learning about and reflecting on important concepts, experiences and beliefs. Cultural: Children will learn to be open and respectful.
We support children to understand their own feelings and the feelings of others, develop positive relationships with their peers and adults in school and have self- confidence, self-belief and a sense of personal achievement. For all children to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. To have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. To have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others