PSHE at Cotsford
The Personal, Social, Health and Economic education programme of study is organised into three core themes:
- health and wellbeing
- living in the wider world (covering economic wellbeing and careers)
These themes include various topics related to physical and mental health, alcohol and drug education, relationships (and sex) education, economic wellbeing and careers. Often our work in PSHE is cross curricula and covers British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education and also links into our Rights Respecting School agenda.
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PSHE at Cotsford
We, at Cotsford Primary are very excited to begin our journey with Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE. It promotes positive mindsets and allows children to expand their knowledge of respecting their rights. Each class has it’s own character in the shape of a jigsaw piece. These are on display in each class and are used regularly to support children with decisions and their understanding.
|Autumn 1:||Being Me in My World||Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.|
|Autumn 2:||Celebrating Difference||Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding|
|Spring 1:||Dreams and Goals||Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society|
|Spring 2:||Healthy Me||Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise|
|Summer 1:||Relationships||Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss|
|Summer 2:||Changing Me||Includes Relationships and coping positively with physical and emotional change|
RSE at Cotsford
We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme. To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw. The mapping document: Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education, which can be found within our policy, shows exactly how Jigsaw and therefore our school, meets the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements. It also states our position on Sex Education. Additional information can be found by clicking on the links below.
Changing Me has been our topic in Summer 2
The children in EYFS have explored how they change as they grow older and how they are preparing to go into year 1. They have explored healthy eating, named parts of our bodies by labelling Thomas and made healthy smoothies as part of Health Week with our school chef, Sarah.
Year 1 children have been looking at how they and their bodies have changed and are changing as they grow. They also know that as they learn they change a little bit more each time.
Year 2 have identified people who are older who they respect. They have had many discussions about why they respect these people. Many agreed that they are their role models and want to be similar when they grow up. The children identified changes to themselves, including their bodies as they grow up. This had a mix of emotions as some were excited as they looked at all the things they would be able to do when they were older i.e. lift heavier objects, learn more and make their own choices. Several discussions led to worries about changes i.e. more responsibility, changes to their bodies and not having as much time to play. Everyone is excited to move into Year 3 and are ready to learn even more!
The children in Year 3 have been taking time to learn about their bodies and the changes that they will go through as they get older. They have been able to take part in discussions about their emotions and feelings, as well as how they could manage their worries.
Year 4 has been all about changes. They talked about why they are all unique and the children enjoyed thinking about where they get their different characteristics from – is it Mam or Dad? Some of the children shared pictures of their families and it was clear to see who their genes came from. They then used the wheel of change to think about some of the changes that they would like to make in the future, such as learning a new skill. It was important to think about the changes they can control and those that they can’t, and some of the emotions associated with change. Finally, they shared some of the things they are looking forward to next year in Year 5. You can enjoy reading some of these below.
Year 5 have been looking at their physical development. They had some interesting conversations about changes that can happen as they get into their teens. The whole class were very sensible and knew where to get help or support if they needed it.
Year 6 have talked about how boys’ and girls’ bodies change during puberty and are beginning to understand the importance of looking after themselves physically and emotionally. They have worked on their own self-image and are beginning to understand that there are many different ideals about what a perfect male or female should look like.
Relationships has been our topic in Summer 1
In EYFS the children have thought about how their friends and what qualities make a good friend. They’ve also thought about how they are good friends too!
Feelings are so important and can affect our day, so the children thought about how they might feel too.
Year 1 have learnt about different kinds of relationships, from their own family to their friends, to their school family. They understand that there are lots of different types of family, know how important it is to care for others and they know who can help them in school and their community. They also know what qualities make them a good friend and can say why they appreciate people they care about. The children can also say what makes them incredible.
Year 2 have explored how relationships differ between friends and families. They have looked at healthy relationships and how to support each other when others are feeling down. They explored a range of scenarios with friends and bullies and what they should do in these situations. The children also designed a healthy relationship recipe. They identified that it is ok to feel a range of emotions and how to deal with them. The children had strong opinions about touch and when it was good and bad. Many children were surprised to find not all children liked to be hugged or cuddle in on the sofa. They all agreed hurting others is not acceptable. Their challenge was to support friends always!
Year 3/4 have enjoyed their circle times to discuss the themes around relationships. They have talked about family roles and responsibilities, friendships, keeping safe, how our actions can help and influence others and also how they can show appreciation to those around them. They have been able to use the ‘solve it together technique’ to solve their own friendship problems.
Year 4 have had lots of discussions about jealousy and when it may happen, what they can do about it and the different scales of jealousy they may experience. Also, they read, ‘Badgers Parting Gifts’, which lots of the children found quite tough to talk about and how to deal with loss. Debs, from Place 2 Be, has started supporting the class each work to become better friends. This is going to continue after half term, but so far, they have talked about what they are going to do to be a good friend and they have worked together to create a class contact and a friendship tree which is on the door as they enter the classroom so that it can remind them what they have agreed to every day. As you can see in the pictures below, the children have thought about some strategies to solve problems.
Year 5 have been looking at our lives online. They have focused on how to stay safe (something everyone was knowledgeable about) and how their words and actions online can have consequences in the ‘real world’. They have worked on developing their self-confidence and self-belief to make sure that they do not fall fowl of the pressures which can come from being online.
Year 6 know that they can be both positive and negative and that their mental health can sometimes suffer because of this. They have considered their own mental health and situations that may affect this. The children now know that scenarios can support or challenge their thinking and mental health, and they have identified a range of strategies that can help them when faced with these.
Healthy Me has been our topic in Spring 2
In Early Years the children have talked about the things they eat and how their bodies can be affected including having too many sugary sweets and drinks. They are so bad for our teeth! They had a lovely circle time where they shared their bedtime routines. Jigsaw Jennie was impressed with some of the bedtime routines including brushing teeth, sharing a story and then going to sleep. The children even practised a little in class and lay on the floor, calming their bodies down and relaxing just as if they were going to go to sleep. They then talked about how their bodies were feeling. Zzzzzzzzz
They also enjoyed taking part in a whole school Fun Run in aid of Comic Relief. This was our first time all of the children from the whole school came together following the pandemic restrictions, wow.
In Year 1 the children have learnt the differences between being healthy and unhealthy and what this means to them and they thought about how they could make healthy lifestyle choices to keep clean and healthy. They also talked about medicines and other household products and how to use them safely.
In Year 2 the children have explored their bodies and mind. They looked at being healthy and had some great discussions on what food choices they could make as well as looking after themselves by relaxing. They explored a range of ways of helping others by being supportive during tricky times. They looked at a range of medicines and identified how they can help us. From this they also talked about how to keep safe with medicine. The children enjoyed designing a healthy balanced meal! Some however, admitted they wouldn’t eat some of the food. They decided they should keep trying new healthy foods. I wonder what you will try next?
Year 3/4 have looked at how to stay healthy. The children have learned about how exercise helps the body and different types of food can affect the body. They were fascinated when looking at our emergency services and how people around us can help is when we need it.
As you can see in the pictures below, Year 4 have thought about the different groups that they are part of and that it is okay to have different friendship groups. The children discovered some of the ways that smoking and drinking alcohol can damage our health. They finished by working in groups to think about how they can spot healthy and unhealthy relationships so that they know how they should treat each other.
Year 4 contribute to Comic Relief…
Year 5 have enjoyed learning about being healthy. This has been a really interesting topic, finding out how it is important to keep both our minds and bodies healthy so we can live life to the fullest. The children have been practising methods of maintaining positive habits which will make them happier. They even got to learn some basic first aid and how to look after someone who is unwell!
Year 6 have discussed how to stay healthy and why it is important to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. They have also developed their understanding of emotional and mental health and how to keep themselves safe in a social environment.
Dreams and Goals has been our topic for Spring 1
In EYFS the children have had lots of fun talking about their short and long-term dreams. They thoroughly enjoyed imagining that they were on a rocket and thinking about what they will do if they travelled to the future. Their aspirations included teachers, firefighters, vets and members of the police force.
The children have also used a big, long special word; persevere! They talked about preserving in class and what this means and never giving up even when things are difficult. They played a game in class to find a sequin in a bowl of beads while blindfolded. That was tricky and funny too!
Year 1 have thought about goals they could achieve together; a shared goal and about personal goals that they wanted to set and achieve.
Year 2 have explored a range of dreams which can be completed quickly and those which need further training and skills. They looked at goals that can be achieved independently and those that need others to support. The class emphasised working as part of a team; they did this in PE to create a dance and gymnastics routine, and in music where they need to work as a class to play a tune using the recorders. The children completed this topic by creating a fantastic dream garden as a class. The challenge was to work in groups but communicate with everyone. They explored the importance of listening to peers and acting on the ideas of others and not just their own. As part of Mental Health Week, the class explored the importance of healthy growing and what we need to achieve our dreams and goals. Fingers crossed we all work hard to achieve our future goals and dreams!
Y3/4’s had been discussing ways of staying motivated when faced with challenges and have even participated in their own challenges. They have worked together to design their own garden, with each child having a role within their group. Rebecca from Place 2 Be also helped them to recognise their dreams and goals when she worked with the class during Mental Health Week; they talked about how much they have changed so far and also what they would like to achieve in the near and distant future.
Some of Year 4 want to play football or become a vet or be a famous YouTuber. The class watched the story ‘Salt in his Shoes’ based on the life of Michael Jordan to give them some inspiration to think about resilience and what advice they would give to ourselves and each other to keep going when things get tough.
This term the children have really had to work on having a more positive attitude; they have tried to answer the register with a positive message each day and they used the song, ‘For Me’ to write another verse based on their new positive attitudes.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Rebecca and John from Place 2 Be visited the class and encouraged the children to think about ways that they can change and grow. They all made butterflies to show the things that they have achieved so far and the ways that they would like to grow in the future.
They also thought about their rights in different areas of the curriculum including during e-safety in Computing (Article 16). They used the story of Matthew the Tax Collector to show the importance of the 12 disciples in RE and used this to think about their own friends (Article 31).
Year 5 have been looking at why it is so important to follow our dreams and they have been developing both their confidence and skills to go and be whatever they want to when they grow up. It has been so interesting to see how all jobs are connected and vital for our everyday lives. The children have also looked at different types of jobs and how to budget out money coming in with that being spent.
Year 6 have taken part in discussions around how dreams and goals vary for different people as well as different communities. They have a good understanding of the differences and similarities between themselves and children in other communities and know the importance of charities and the positive impact they can have.
Celebrating Differences has been our topic during the second half of the Autumn term.
EYFS have looked at how we are different to each other and how we are sometimes the same. The children have looked at all the different houses that people live in all around the world; some people’s homes are very different to our homes. The children were surprised that some people live in homes made of mud. They built different homes for their pig teddy bear in class. The children have also looked at how they can be kind friends, always.
Year 1 have discussed their own similarities and differences and the things that make us unique. They created gingerbread men with items of clothing saying how they are the same and different to their friends and a slogan about bullying. They also made friendship tokens to say how they can be a good friend.
Year 2 have explored their uniqueness and what makes them similar and different to others. They have looked at stereotypes and had several discussions about toys being marketed at boys or girls. The children had to decide what they would buy a child who they didn’t know. They explored how it is good to be different otherwise we would all be like robots. The children enjoyed explaining to their friends why they were good friends and what made others special. They linked this into bullying and anti-bullying week. The children created anti-bullying posters and explored how they would support their friends if they were being bullied.
Year 3/4 took part in weekly circle times, where they discussed families and conflict. They learned that all families are different, how bullying might look, and also how they may be able to make the situation better by being a witness.
There also had a School Team discussion in class, around how to help in our community.
Year 4 have focussed on how everyone is different and how we may treat people differently. The children had to think very deeply about where some of the assumptions that we make about people come from. As you can see in the pictures below, the children worked in groups to list all of the reasons people might bully, how it feels to be bullied and what they would do if they witnessed bullying. They finished their topic by thinking about all the wonderful things that they like about themselves.
The children have also taken part in Children in Need, Anti-bullying and Road Safety Weeks where we talked about the children’s right to be safe (Article 19). Some children came dressed up for Children in Need and we completed code-breaking challenges and the children enjoyed colouring in pictures of Pudsey.
Year 5 have enjoyed this term’s unit and the whole class have worked together as a team to think about how they would treat others and what it is to be kind. They have all linked their learning with their Rights and have spent time developing their empathy skills. The unit has highlighted what a kind, diverse and unique group they are and how by being different they all help to create a colourful and interesting class.
In Year 6 have discussed many scenarios around how difference can be a source of conflict or celebration. The children have discussed how and why people are discriminated against and understand there are laws to prevent this but it still happens across the world in other countries.
Being Me in My World has been our topic during the first half of the Autumn term.
In Early Years this term the children met Jennie and Jerry, and thoroughly enjoyed their calm time introduced through our PSHE Jigsaw scheme. They are understanding the importance of being a kind friend and beginning to take turns understanding that we must listen to our friends and consider what they say. The children have looked at people who help us within the community, school and at home.
In Year 2 the children explored their feelings and that it is ok to feel sad, angry, fearful and worried but more importantly that they tell someone and use a range of strategies to deal with it. They looked at people who are close to them at home as well as in school, and how those people can make us feel a range of emotions depending on the scenario. The children explored their worries and used the worry monsters to try and find solutions. The big emphasis this half term has been to create a class charter that is meaningful to everyone and helps us to learn, feel safe and to be heard. The children explored several rights and voted on the most important ones for the class charter. The children then created their own and identified what a good role model would look like. Year 2 know how important it is to have a voice and how to respect it. The children voted for the school team class representatives exploring the meaning of democracy.
In our Year 3/4 class the children took part in weekly circle times, where they discussed themselves and how they can create positive relationships. They discussed behaviour and how their actions can create positive and negative consequences.
Year 4 have focussed on the different roles people play in our school community and how they help us. The children decided as a class the different rewards and consequences they would like to work towards. They shared their knowledge of rights and the different ways we can respect our rights. They used these thoughtful discussions to create a Class Charter, as you can see below. The children even created some posters to encourage team work and to inspire others to respect children’s rights.
They talked about the importance of charity and helping others. The children made donations to Macmillan and we all enjoyed a drink and some cake on the field, after thinking about how our donations could help others.
Year 5 have really enjoyed taking part in discussions about rights and how we respect our rights in school; the whole class has really got on board with supporting each other’s rights. The children have thought about what it takes to set personal goals and how they can achieve what they want to as well as what to do when they are feeling under pressure or anxious. The whole class has worked hard on using kind and helpful words and they have thought about how they feel when they use these and when they hear them.
Year 6 have had group discussions around their goals and expectations for the year ahead. Alongside this, they have developed their knowledge of the wider world and being a global citizen. They have a better understanding of wants and needs and can compare these with children in different communities.