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PSHE at St. Augustine's (Personal, Social and Health Education)


At St Augustine’s, PSHE is at the core of what we do and it is underpinned by our mission statement, school rules and Catholic ethos. Our PSHE curriculum helps our children live and learn in a Catholic, Christian environment now and in the future.  PSHE develops the qualities, attributes and strengths that our children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Our PSHE programme aims to equip them for life. As a Catholic school, we have adapted parts of the Jigsaw programme in line with guidance form our diocese. We teach RSE using the Journey In Love programme.


PSHE is taught every week across the school. We use ‘Jigsaw PSHE’ to support planning and we ensure it is in keeping with our Catholic ethos, adapting planning accordingly. During the year, children will focus on the six areas of Being Me, Celebrating

Differences, Changing Me, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, and Relationships. Each year group will focus on a different aspect of the topic so that children gain a deeper understanding as they progress through the school. 

Each class follows the ‘Jigsaw Charter’, this establishes ground rules during the lessons which creates a safe and positive learning environment and encourages participation. Every PSHE lesson, begins with a ‘calm me’ activity this helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. Throughout the lesson there are opportunities for the children to engage in discussion, as a whole class, with a partner or in a group. 

Links to PSHE are also made across the wider curriculum. Strong links are made to our learning in RE to support the children as Christians now and in the future. In addition, PSHE may also be taught as a reaction to an individual or class need when a situation arises. We also engage in national themed weeks and days throughout the year for example; Antibullying week Safer Internet Day. Where possible we also use outside agencies to enhance our children’s learning in PSHE for example; Life Bus and NSPCC. 

The children at St Augustine’s are also familiar with the Zones of Regulation. This is a framework that helps them learn how to self-regulate emotionally by categorising emotions and mental states into four types of zones. The children are given the tools to move to the Green Zone (happy zone) and it also provides the classroom staff with an indication of when a child may need additional support if they are in the Red Zone (anger) or Blue Zone (sad).  


The children are given the opportunity to record their thoughts, feelings and responses to the lessons in a journal that goes up through the school with them. The emphasis is on their understanding of the issues and how they might react to different situations. The PSHE lead monitors the impact of the PSHE curriculum through discussion with staff, pupil voice, class journals and learning walks. 


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