At Ayresome, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded. As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere.
The teaching and learning of PSHCE using the Jigsaw programme supports this; connecting the pieces of Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development into an easy to use programme. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. The children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.
Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly PSCHE lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded in all lessons throughout the week, with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning. The Jigsaw scheme is taught explicitly to ensure that all of the National Curriculum is covered.
The six sequenced units of work are titled:
- Healthy Me
- Dreams and Goals
- Changing me
- Celebrating difference
- Being Me in my World
The aims of PSHCE are to provide children with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to create personal understanding
- opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life
Through our PSHCE education, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals. The curriculum at Ayresome helps the children to develop themselves, their understanding of the world and their ability to communicate their feelings. The mindful approach has a positive impact on children’s emotional wellbeing, helping them to develop the academic resilience needed to achieve and flourish throughout their lives. They will also acquire an understanding and experiences of values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect other, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.