PSHER at Bishop Hooper School helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities, helping them to flourish in their journey to the fullness of life. Well-delivered PSHE prepares our pupils for education beyond our school and for their future careers. Our Jigsaw PSHE programme impacts both academic and non-academic outcomes for all pupils and is closely linked to our ‘Golden Rule’ – ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’. (Matthew 7:12).
Our high quality PSHE curriculum develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of six core themes: ‘Being Me in My World’, ‘Celebrating Difference’, ‘Dreams and Goals’, ‘Healthy Me’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. These units cover all aspects of health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).
Our curriculum has been adapted to ensure opportunities for all learners are equal, irrespective of SEND, gender, ethnicity, background or beliefs. We aim to do this by placing a greater focus on practical role-play scenarios where children have the opportunity to develop their language acquisition skills. This helps us to place a greater focus on real-life experiences and understanding of different social scenarios. This ensures all learners have an equal chance to succeed, regardless of language gaps and written barriers to learning.
At Bishop Hooper School, we use the Jigsaw programme for PSHE and Relationships Education, which we adapt to meet the specific needs of our children. In Nursery and Reception, PSHE is taught as parts of the ‘Personal, social and emotional development’ and the ‘Understanding the World’ aspects of the curriculum. Our curriculum is delivered through whole class, small group and 1:1 learning with a mixture of adult-led learning and some child-initiated learning with sustained shared thinking. Across the rest of the school, PSHE is taught as a dedicated lesson each week. This is a deliberate decision in response to the teachers’ views as well as the high priority we place on developing healthy minds and bodies, building on our Values education and themes covered in our whole school worship, and making links through Topic work to deepen knowledge. In order for children to be excited and inspired, it is important to us that they are fully immersed in the learning and can make links to other knowledge acquired. Within each year group, the timetabling of PSHE is approximately 1 hour per week. This ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and secure knowledge retention and skills progression.
Our curriculum focuses upon the six main themes: ‘Being Me in My World’, ‘Celebrating Difference’, ‘Dreams and Goals’, ‘Healthy Me’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’. These themes are re-visited each year on a spiral curriculum. Each year, we aim to build upon current skills, ensuring it is age appropriate and relevant to the needs of our children. As a school, we actively seek opportunities to enrich our curriculum with real-life experiences and scenarios. During the study of each theme, we invite a range of guest speakers, such as local police, local councillors, local business owners, care workers, nurses and other important members of our community who help to bring our learning to life. Our annual Fair Trade workshops and involvement with ‘Hands Together Ludlow’ provides our pupils with opportunities for community engagement and service. We are always actively looking for new and inspiring experiences, which can enhance our PSHE provision.
Our Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationship Education programme enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Throughout all our themed units, our school ‘Golden Rule’ - ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7:12) enables our children to develop a moral compass which will guide them through life. We strive to provide our children with learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons, circle time, special school projects and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences. This allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. At Bishop Hooper School, we embrace how PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and its close links to the school’s Safeguarding, SMSC and British Values Policies.
Personal, Social, Health Education is central to our curriculum; it helps children grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. Through PSHE, pupils will have the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
The personal and social development of all our pupils underpins our curriculum. Through a carefully planned programme, supported by all who work in or with the school, our aim is for our children to leave Bishop Hooper School ready for the transition into secondary school and adult life.