At Al-Furqan Primary, PSHE education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
We encourage our children and staff to play a positive part in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. This aids in their development of sense of self-worth and belonging. We teach them how society is organised and governed. It provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a modern diverse multicultural society.
Our aim at Al Furqan is to ensure that pupils feel respected, valued and heard, this will help them towards building their confidence and giving them the skills, they need for a bright future. In order for children to embrace the challenges of creating happy and successful adult lives, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of PSHE helps pupils develop resilience, and to know how and when to ask for help.
PSHE is delivered using a planned programme of lessons delivered in a carefully sequenced way. The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.
Jigsaw is a detailed comprehensive whole school approach, with all groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
We encourage children to participate in a range of practical activities that promote citizenship, e.g.: linking with other schools, sporting tournaments, supporting local, national and international charities, Islamic Relief, among others.
In EYFS PSHE and Citizenship is taught and facilitated through the four principles – ‘A Unique Child’. PSED is a Prime Area of the EYFS Curriculum and is a focus within all that we do. PSED in EYFS includes promoting self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings and behaviour and building relationships.
The aim of RSHE is to help children build healthy friendships and positive relationships in an age appropriate way. The overall objectives of the RSE curriculum are concerned about raising awareness of attitudes and values, developing personal and social skills and promoting knowledge and understanding.
In Relationship education, there are five compulsory areas of learning:
· Families and people who care for me
· Caring friendships
· Respectful relationships
· Online relationships
· Being safe
RSE covers more than biological facts and information. It endeavours to help children develop self-esteem, self-responsibility as well as the acquisition of understanding and attitudes which prepare children to develop caring, stable and healthy relationships. Appreciation of the value of self-respect, dignity, marriage, parental duty should be encouraged in all pupils together with the sensitivity to the needs of others, loyalty and acceptance of responsibility. RSE will look at aspects of diversity in an inclusive and non-judgemental way. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy
The aims of Sex and Relationship Education at Al Furqan:
· To develop knowledge and understanding about growth and development
· To promote the value of loving relationships and of family life
· To foster self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of moral responsibility
· To encourage exploration of values and attitudes, personal relationships and the development of communication and decision-making skills
Health Education covers ‘Mental wellbeing’, ‘Internet safety and harms’, Physical health and fitness’, Healthy eating’, ‘Drugs, alcohol and tobacco’, ‘Health and prevention’, ‘Basic First Aid’, ‘Changing adolescent body’.
The Healthy Me Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Health Education, some of the outcomes are taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. emotional and mental health is nurtured every lesson through the Calm me time, social skills are grown every lesson through the Connect us activity and respect is enhanced through the use of the Jigsaw Charter.
Also, teaching children about puberty is now a statutory requirement which sits within the Health Education part of the DfE guidance within the ‘Changing adolescent body’ strand, and in Jigsaw this is taught as part of the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
Involvement of Pupils and Parents/Carers and Governors:
All parents are provided with details of how to access the policy on the website on admission to the school and via social media. The policy has been written with input from Parent/Governor and Staff representation. Pupil voice is collected every week as part of the Jigsaw Celebration.