PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Personal and Social Education is central to the educational entitlement of all children at Stormont and permeates all aspects of life in school. Our Jigsaw scheme offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw is engaging and PSHE is relevant within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
We have designated PSHE sessions from Reception to Year 6 taught by the girls’ Form Tutor. Although these lessons are separate, PSHE is encompassed within the teaching of several subjects and is an integral part of the whole curriculum – it is not just seen as a separate subject. Through our general routines, in and out of the classroom, and the way in which individuals relate to each other, children are encouraged to form their own attitudes and values. By building positive working relationships between children and staff, all members of our school family are valued as individuals. Children learn to see the need for good manners, self-discipline and appropriate behaviour in whatever situation they find themselves.
Our School Council which involves pupils from Reception to Year 6 and the system of Monitors and House Captains in Year 6, help to develop a sense of responsibility to the community and an idea of service to others.
Our PSHE curriculum is designed to prepare the girls for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. It promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development as well as British values.