Personal, Social and Health Education
The overarching aim of the PSHE Curriculum at Bourn Primary is to support and educate our children to become the best that they can be. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of our school ethos. We develop healthy, responsible members of society who embrace diversity 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. 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.
Pupils at Bourn Academy learn PSHE from Year 1 to Year 6. At Bourn, we follow the Jigsaw Programme. Through Jigsaw, we aim to improve pupils capacity to learn, their resilience, their emotional well-being, their physical health, their mental health and thereby enhancing their life-chances and their ability to keep themselves safe and foster healthy and happy relationships with others.
The programme is organised across the whole school and focuses on 6 themes or ‘puzzles’: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying), Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and 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 celebrated by the whole school in a holistic and meaningful way.
The PSHE curriculum is further bolstered by our school values: hope, courage, justice, forgiveness and friendship. These values 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.