Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is central to the personal development of the children here at Sacks Morasha. Our PSHE curriculum gives children opportunities and a safe place to find their voice and to share their thoughts and feelings. It is designed to develop reflection and wonder both internally and about the wider world. We aim to inspire children to be positive communicators, who are self-aware and resilient. Our intention is to make children aware of the wider world around them and the varying situations of children and young people across the globe, developing their understanding of being global citizens, instilling empathy and inspiring activism.
At Sacks Morasha, PSHE is taught once a week through Reception to Year 6. We follow two schemes: 3D Dimensions and Heads Up Kids (known as ‘Sebby Star’ in EYFS/KS1).
3D Dimensions has produced a fully comprehensive PSHE Education programme in line with the National Curriculum. The programme teaches all areas of PHSE, including protected characteristics, as well as sex education. It has an emphasis on developing mental, physical and emotional health. 3D PSHE not only meets the 2020 government requirements but exceeds them.
Pupils will be taught through three underlying core themes, within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility:-
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Heads Up Kids is a social and emotional wellbeing programme. The programme aims to foster children’s resilience and positive mental health.
- problem solving skills
- cohesiveness in the class
- confidence and self asteem
- ability to manage difficult feelings
The programme enables children and their teachers to develop a shared emotional language. This means not only improving emotional vocabulary but also increasing children’s confidence to speak about and work with emotional material such as friendships, working together and big feelings. We want to make it the norm for children to share their feelings and difficulties in the same way as any other topic. Just as a child would work through maths problems with a teacher or a peer – emerging better equipped, more resilient and more confident – the same should be true of many of the everyday social and emotional challenges that children face in the classroom and playground.
Through all these opportunities, as well as the PSHE lessons, we aim to create and encourage equal opportunities for all, to be part of and celebrate our community and teach the importance of valuing and respecting every child and adult either within or outside of the community in line with our ethos.
As a Jewish school, PSHE is woven into the fabric of the school, particularly through many integrated links with our Kodesh curriculum, primarily Parasha (weekly Torah portion) and Chumash (Jewish Torah text) lessons.
Heads Up Kids is a social and emotional wellbeing programme commissioned by Norwood. It is an eight-week group work programme that is run in the class, by the class teacher. The programme seeks to give children an opportunity:
- to think about their feelings and how they feel about themselves;
- to explore their friendships and consider how they interact and communicate with others;
- to enhance their social skills;
- to build emotional resiliency in the classroom and playground;
- to boost their confidence and self-esteem;
- to help them work collaboratively;
- to help them develop problem-solving skills.
Following the eight-week programme the teacher will then facilitate Heads Up Kids’ circle time sessions for the remainder of the academic year in order to consolidate this learning.
3D Dimensions (PSHE)
Our 3D Dimensions scheme of work develops fully-rounded children who are healthy, sociable and emotionally literate. It covers key concepts and skills to support pupils’ SMSC (moral, social and cultural) education, focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Naturally, British Values are at the heart of 3D Dimensions and we will also use it to discuss Extremism and Radicalisation with pupils. 3D Dimensions prepares children for life in modern Britain today. It also helps pupils develop and apply skills and attitudes to allow them to become full and active citizens in our wider global community.