PSHE is also to ensure the children attending Ribbon are given useful tools and coping mechanism to use within the wider world. By the end of Key Stage 2, our aim is that all children have a good understanding of current social issues and are able to discuss and debate effectively, with their own opinions. Our PSHE curriculum at Ribbon (Jigsaw) has been adapted, so that all children from Early Years through to Year 6 are focusing on the same objectives, but ensuring the content and outcomes are age appropriate. We strive to educate our children around the academy’s six core values; passion, respect, determination, teamwork, self-belief and honesty. By using the academy’s values and morals we are aiming to educate the children in our care and education system about themselves and the wider world. All of the children are introduced to the lesson objective at the beginning of the lesson – during this time the children are offered time to be able to ask any questions about the objective they are learning about, as well as being given the opportunity to have their views shared (Article 12). Our curriculum is heavily based around Jigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE: by using this structured programme we have been able to adapt and enhance the objectives so they are appropriate and are able to be accessed by our children at Ribbon. Along with using the document for the PSHE Association we also have a moral duty to provide the children with knowledge about British Values and Citizenship throughout the United Kingdom. By developing our own PSHE curriculum, we are able to ensure that all children within the school, no matter what their ability, can access the objectives and curriculum across the school.
Teach PSHE at Ribbon should consist of quite a structured lesson, although this may look slightly different in each classroom. Year groups start their session reflecting on their class charter and the importance of it before starting a short game to get the children communicating with one another and moving around. Before any lesson input is given, children have a couple of minutes to 'calm', using our chime bar to indicate when we are all calm and ready for learning. Lessons then move towards circle time/discussion about the objective they are covering (Article 13), looking deeply at it and exploring some of the features before carrying out an independent task. Sessions finish with a reflective task, where they are using their prior and new knowledge to assess how they felt the session went and whether they met their learning objective. Progression through each unit will be event through the objectives and sessions the children are taught and exposed to. For example: when talking about emotions, Early Years may talk about how people feel in generic situations, but then as we move through to upper key stage 2 the children will be exploring wellbeing, how it affects people and everyone’s wellbeing differs. Many educational visits can link to PSHE as well as the main subject – this could be by looking at the Ribbon Values while the children are taking part in their activities, as well as specific educational visit (like residentials) where the children can enhance their teamwork and communication skills.
Aside from lessons and the taught curriculum, Ribbon makes significant contributions to PSHE through our daily routines. Every lunch time, we provide children with a range of amazing activities, both outdoor and indoor. Some of our children struggle to cope with the open space and unstructured time on a lunchtime therefore, we created alternative options such as Lego club, ball games, IT club and gardening club. This allows children to have the break they're entitled to and in their own safe space (Article 31). On a weekly basis, children are rewarded for their table manners and kindness during lunch time and invited to eat lunch at the Golden Table. The Golden Table has one child from each year group and a teacher on, they are served by volunteers from Year 5 and 6 as a reward for being amazing. This allows the children to communicate with children they may not have met before, as well as spending quality time with a teacher.
As a school, we work incredibly hard to ensure the children at Ribbon are able to break down as many stereotypes as possible. We have recently been awarded Gold for Educate and Celebrate; securing a future of inclusion and social justice. We successfully have and continue to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to discuss and understand gender differences, with the focus of making the local community (and wider society) a more welcoming place for everyone.
The children at Ribbon have a voice through a range of clubs (Article 15). As a way to incorporate democracy into school life, each year group vote for their class representative to join Ribbon Parliament. Ribbon Parliament works very hard to share the vision of our children and discuss different ways in which they can be part of change (Children in Need, Sports Relief etc). Another very successful initiative to encourage the voice of the children is Ribbon Radio. Every Friday, all children across the school listen to a broadcast made from a team of Ribbon pupils. The radio crew work very hard to share current updates around the world, popular music and Ribbon news (Article 17).
Ribbon are also involved with Dementia in the Community. Two of our team are Dementia Champions and are working hard to offer dementia sessions to all children and staff to ensure we are all Dementia Friends, working towards a Dementia Friendly School.
The impact of PSHE will be shown in a number of ways and may differ on each child. Firstly, children will have a greater understanding of themselves and what makes them different, building on their self esteem and confidence. Children will be set ambitious goals and dreams for their future, and understand how they can have control over achieving and becoming successful. Through the support of PSHE lessons, our children are able to build friendships and have the strategies to decipher a healthy and an unhealthy relationship. Evidence of PSHE is tracked using Earwig, apparent through discussions with children and any whole school PSHE/charity days are added to the school PSHE floor-book. In KS1, children display their progression through classroom displays and year group floor-books; whereas, in KS2 all children have their own 'Jigsaw Journal' to showcase any work from their sessions. Our aim is that the children at Ribbon will become even more understanding about the differences of people around the world and in different communities. By the end of the academic year 20/21 we would expect the children to be able to clearly identify and explain the variety of objectives that they will have been exposed to over the course of the year – this should include knowledge about national and international issues and how they may affect the local community in the future.
Termly assessments will be completed by each class teacher. Assessments made will be based on work in books and practical activities. Subject leaders will moderate assessment judgements each term – this will include moderating evidence uploaded to Earwig.
All year groups follow the Chris Quigley’s ‘Essentials Curriculum’.
It is important that the children’s voice, thought and opinions are listened to and accepted for their differences during every PSHE sessions. A lot of the time, children are very eager to share their opinions and participate in group discussions; however, it must be made clear at the start of every session that children also have the right to pass and it's ok not to have something to say (Article 3).