At Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, we believe that personal, social, cultural and health education (PSCHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.
We aim to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. PSCHE is at the heart of our school ethos.
We are dedicated to ensuring that ‘The school is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school’. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are underpinned by values taught through PSCHE lessons and are integral to the success of the whole school.
We teach PSCHE in a variety of ways. We use ‘The Jigsaw’ scheme in all classes from Nursery to Y6. This takes the form of a weekly half hour lesson and has been really successful.
Jigsaw is a scheme of work that brings together PSCHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw is designed as whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (‘puzzle piece’) at the same time.
Each ‘puzzle piece’ starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Lessons follow the same structure each week starting with a warm up game, followed by some meditation before a class discussion and then an activity based on the discussion that has taken place. Each class has their own Jigsaw friend and children who have demonstrated the values looked at are rewarded with badges during a celebration assembly at the end of each unit. In addition to Jigsaw, PSCHE is taught through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, assemblies, circle time and science.
Vote for schools
Vote for schools is a new initiative that we have started this year. The children attend a weekly assembly to discuss a new ‘question of the week’. Children then continue this discussion in their classes. This gives them the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics and share their views and make a vote.
Mrs T Hill