PSHE – curriculum information

At Withernsea Primary School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is at the centre of all that we do. This prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of schooling and later life.

We promote pupils’ personal development (including social development) as it is a key aspect of education needed to underpin all other learning. This is a part of daily life in Withernsea Primary School classrooms, with class circles to build community and our understanding of our feelings, as well as in our weekly PSHE lessons where we learn about our mental health, physical health, friends and family, responsibility, our community and being safe online.

Our curriculum, our school environment and our school ethos support is to promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional well-being, which helps them to form and maintain worthwhile and healthy relationships based on respect for themselves and others at home, school, work and in the wider community.

PHSE is taught once a week from Foundation to year 6 and is based on the whole school PSHE scheme, Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

British Values

Jigsaw contributes to the British Values agenda both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.

The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson).

‘Pupils behave well in the classroom and around the school. Teachers support pupils with
identified behaviour difficulties well.’

Ofsted comments

‘its really fun, it makes learning fun’

Children's comments

‘Pupils who are experiencing significant turbulence in their lives are well supported. As a result, they stay engaged in their learning.’

Ofsted comments

‘thank you for keeping me safe’

Children's comments

‘Most-able pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities generally make good progress because teachers match tasks carefully to their needs.’

Ofsted comments

‘ I would just like to say what a great help all the teachers and staff at Withernsea Primary School have been to parents/grandparents and carers during these very strange last months. Thank you’

Parent's comments

‘Leaders, including governors, understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school’s work.
They take decisive action to secure improvement. Consequently, the gaps in the progress made by different groups of pupils are diminishing.’

Ofsted comments

‘I would like to say thank you to everyone at Withernsea Primary School for everything you have done…..you have all been amazing’

Parent's comments

‘I love school, its a good place to learn’…

Children's comments

‘the teachers explain really well’

Children's comments

‘Teaching is improving. Teachers are successful in keeping pupils on task. They offer pupils activities which catch their imagination and motivate them to do well.’

Ofsted comments

‘You have all been amazing. I hope all you teachers are proud of yourselves for the way you have conducted things throughout this pandemic. Proud to say my children are students at Withernsea Primary School’

Parent's comments

‘I love school, its amazing, its like a second home’

Children's comments

‘The curriculum supports pupils in developing positive attitudes to learning. Leaders have linked activities closely to pupils’ interests and aspirations. This has been particularly successful in engaging boys.’

Ofsted comments

‘I love school’ …

Children's comments

Pupils are making good progress in improving their reading, writing and mathematical skills. Pupils’ progress in key stage 1 is particularly strong. Pupils are developing a range of exciting vocabulary in their writing. Pupils’ handwriting and spelling are weaker.

Ofsted comments

‘Leaders have made significant improvements to early years provision. As a result, children
are making a strong start in building their skills in reading, writing and mathematics.’

Ofsted comments