Personal, Social and Health Education
The overarching aim of Bourn Primary School is to support and educate our children to become trustworthy, responsible, caring, kind members of society who will challenge unfairness and injustice and take action as a result. Our school values of justice, courage, friendship, forgiveness and hope underpin everything we do and we use these to guide our children in their journey through school. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is therefore at the heart of our school ethos. Our children embrace diversity, challenge stereotypes and discrimination of all types, and care passionately about the environment. They are prepared, through the curriculum, to live and work in modern Britain and to make considered choices for the benefit of themselves and others.
Our PSHE curriculum aims to help our children understand how they are developing personally and socially. It tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in a modern society, including the use of social media, gender stereotyping, sexual harassment and discrimination of all types. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life, the wider community and the wider world.
Our PSHE curriculum is based on the Jigsaw Programme, which is a whole school approach aiming to improve pupils' capacity to learn, develop their resilience, improve their emotional well-being, and their physical and mental health. Through the PSHE programme, and our whole school ethos, our aim is to develop individuals who are confident in themselves, are able to keep themselves safe, and develop healthy and happy relationships with others in order to lead fulfilling lives. The Relationships and Sex Education curriculum, aims to give children the information needed to develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships, as well as the knowledge about how their bodies will change as they mature. Our work across the school on developing a growth mindset also feeds in to our PSHE teaching.
The PSHE programme is organised across the whole school and focuses on 6 themes or ‘puzzles’:
- Being Me in My World,
- Dreams and Goals,
- Healthy Me,
- Changing Me (including Relationships and Sex Education).
These are designed to progress in sequence from the beginning of each academic year. The whole school works on the same ‘puzzle’ at the same time meaning that learning can be further enhanced by whole school events, such as Diwali celebrations and visits from elite athletes. Over each school year, we aim to organise a range of events which will broaden the children's horizons and develop their cultural capital.
The PSHE curriculum is further bolstered by our school values which are intrinsically linked to the subjects we teach, the books we read, our assembly themes, our House System and our in-school awards. All of these elements enable our pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future. It is embedded within the wider learning offered by the school to ensure that children experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported.