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At Horncastle, we believe that crucial skills and positive attitudes can be developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and is critical to ensuring children are effective learners. There is a proven link between pupils’ health and wellbeing, and their academic progress.  As educators we recognise how important these skills and attitudes are in unlocking pupils’ potential, helping to raise achievement and closing the gap in educational attainment.

We use the ‘Jigsaw’ programme to help us teach our PSHE curriculum.  Jigsaw approaches PSHE 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, we are equipped to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Relationships and Health Education became a statutory requirement for all primary schools from September 2020.  At Horncastle, we have been delivering Relationships and Health Education within our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum for many years.  We have carefully planned our RSE curriculum so that the links are made with PSHE wherever possible.

Relationships Education is designed to help children to have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online.

Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and wellbeing and enable them to know how to seek support if any health issues arise for themselves or others.

We have also updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to reflect the new statutory status for Relationships Education, and we did this in conjunction with parents.

Why is it right for the children at Horncastle?

Horncastle is a small town in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The school caters to a hardworking and caring community. Over the years, the demographics of the town has changed and so have the needs of our children.  Therefore,  we want  our curriculum to teach our children to develop personalities, skills, qualities and worldviews that set them up for life in a fast changing world inside and outside Lincolnshire.  Through our PSHE lessons, the children will also be able to challenge prejudice, discrimination and racism and become more tolerant and respectful to all people despite their differing beliefs and ideas. They will learn to become resilient, self-confident, self-reliant  and responsible citizens of our society. The curriculum also encourages the children to ask questions and become reflective learners who are empathetic to other people.