Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

CURRICULUM – PSHE

PSHE Curriculum

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela 

Our intention is that when our children leave Garden Fields JMI School, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, self-belief, self-confidence and a positive growth mindset.  In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an age appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

You can find out more in our 3 Is; Intent, Implementation and Impact.

Intent

Our intention is that when our children leave Garden Fields JMI School, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, self-belief, self-confidence and a positive growth mindset.  In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an age appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. 

Our PSHE curriculum develops children’s knowledge and skills which will enable them to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. Across the course of each unit (jigsaw piece), pupils will work towards two learning intentions, one of which is based on specific PSHE learning and one based on emotional literacy and social skills. The progression of skills is such that by the end of key stage 2, we aim to ensure that pupils leave Year 6 with the skills required to successfully live in today’s world and their next phase of education. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. They will be given opportunities to develop their emotional literacy and social skills and an understanding of their own thoughts and feelings as they happen and develop strategies to manage them. 

Mindfulness is an aspect of the “Jigsaw” scheme of work we follow, and through this, we aim to provide pupils with a vital tool for life, regulating their emotions, building emotional resilience whilst enhancing their ability to focus and concentrate, both of which will help to optimise learning. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives. The teaching of PSHE is also designed to reflect the needs of our pupils, allowing staff the flexibility to address any issues as and when they may arise, for example issues in the news, the loss of a family member, friendship issues etc.

Implementation

Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work. JIGSAW covers all Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education in line with the National Curriculum. This aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

At Garden Fields JMI, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this, we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships because it is important that our children should understand the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the ‘Jigsaw’.

PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):

  • Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
  • Autumn 2: Celebrating Differences
  • Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
  • Spring 2: Healthy Me
  • Summer 1: Relationships
  • Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

Wider Curriculum  

We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.

PSHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.

We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. This takes many forms such as representing the school at sporting events, Junior Leadership Team (JLT), Eco council and Year 6 Captains. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show Garden Field’s 6 core values- Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Cooperation, Inclusivity and Integrity. We aim for all children to embody these core values when they leave Garden Fields at the end of Year 6.

Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.                                                        

Impact

For the last couple years, we have followed the Jigsaw scheme of work which brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. The scheme has two main aims; to build the children’s capacity for learning and to equip them for life. We use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
The Jigsaw Approach is underpinned by mindfulness. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through lessons and Calm Me time exercises, helping to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated.
By the time our children leave our school they will have:

  • Respect- They will look after each other and our World.
  • Responsibility- They will take responsibility for their actions and approach new situations with a positive mindset.
  • Compassion- To have compassion to become a healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society.
  • Integrity-To be honest and have courage.
  • Co-operation- To develop positive and healthy relationship by working well with peers.
  • Inclusivity- They will value uniqueness and diversity.

PSHE Book Recommendations

Click here to view our PSHE book recommendations.

SMSC and Emotional Literacy Programme

Click here to view our SMSC and Emotional Literacy programme.

British Values

Click here to view our British Values programme.

Subject Coordinators

Mrs Carrasco and Miss Gallagher are the PSHE Subject Coordinators.

The Learning Journey below illustrates the PSHE curriculum for children from EYFS to Year 6. Each term there is a focus on a main topic supported by knowledge organiser topics.

Click the red stars to view detailed descriptions for the main topic and each of the knowledge organiser topics.