New Milton Infant School is a happy and caring school. The teaching of PSHE is underpinned by our school vision and values PSHE helps children to develop themselves, their understanding of the world and their ability to communicate their feelings. It helps children to apply the British values of respect, democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law.
At New Milton Infant School, PSHE is taught through, which is a progressive and effective scheme of work from Early Years Foundation Stage through to year 2, which aims to prepare children for life. It helps them to know and understand how they relate to other people in this ever changing world.
The curriculum provides a range of opportunities for children to make links to other areas of learning and explores a wide range of social, moral, cultural and behavioural issues. It aims to provide children with the skills to apply this learning within and beyond the curriculum and enable them to become well-rounded and confident individuals, prepared for future education and life. Children will consider what kind of person they wish to be in their future and what skills and attributes will help them to succeed. They will also learn about how they can make a difference to their local and wider community.
At New Milton Infant School, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work. Jigsaw is split into six themes: Being me in my world, celebrating difference, Dreams and goals, Healthy me, Relationships, Changing me. There is a clear progression of social, moral and cultural understanding across the school. Each lesson is taught as a whole class. An important feature of Jigsaw is to ensure that all children are taught as a class in a calm, safe environment and each session follows the same structure:
1. Review- children review their class charter.
2. Calm me- all children and adults sit on chairs in a circle. The session is started by the sound of the Jigsaw chime. Children how the chance to relax and focus on their breathing.
3. Connect us- this part of the session includes a game in which the children get to know something new about each other.
4. Open my mind- this introduces the children to the new concept they will be thinking about for the remainder of the lesson.
5. Tell me or show- this part of the session allows children to put into practise the concept they are learning about through different medians such as art, drama or literacy.
6. Let me learn- Children have the opportunity to feedback and show their understanding of today’s concept to the rest of the class.
7. Help me reflect- Before the session finishes, children come back together in a circle and all have the opportunity to share their learning before the session closes.
During Jigsaw sessions, all children are encouraged to speak freely in front of the class group, encouraging clear communication. Respect and toleration of others is expected and children are given time to reflect on their learning and themselves as people.
Other school initiatives that support the development of PSHE include:
- Anti-bullying week – Odd Socks Day
- Internet safety teaching and learning
- Values assemblies
- School Council
- Starfish Assemblies
- Playground Buddies
- School Librarians
- Sports festivals and competitions
- Class helpers
Our PSHE curriculum promotes; spiritual, moral, cultural, social; and mental and physical development of our children to prepare them for life in future education and the wider world. Our children exemplify our school values of respect, aspiration and perseverance. They recognise what it means to be healthy in mind and body, and play a positive role within school life and their wider community. They are sociable and interact well both with each other and adults and recognise the importance of following rules to stay safe at school and at home.
The impact of PSHE is evaluated through monitoring change and development of behaviour, assessing strands of PSED in the Early Years Foundation Stage and assessing the themes of the Jigsaw curriculum in Key Stage 1.
Visitors to our school are routinely asked to provide feedback on their experience and we are frequently praised for our welcoming ethos and the excellent behaviour and attitudes of our children.