“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Ghandi


What is PSHE?

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. This is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. We place a strong emphasis on building resilience through adopting growth mindset strategies, increasing emotional awareness and also nurturing health. This is embedded within our Values based, Knowledge Engaged, Enquiry Led Curriculum and intertwined throughout all aspects of school life.


What is SMSC?

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is not a stand-alone subject in our school, but rather a thread, much like the teaching of British Values, running through every aspect of learning. It is a consistently framed, clearly defined ethos which underpins our core vision for every individual at our school. In all that we do, we keep the child 'visible' and ensure that we - alongside parents and the community - are shaping the 'whole child'.

  • Spiritual Development (Ofsted): Explore beliefs and experience, respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; be reflective.
  • Moral Development (Ofsted): Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social Development (Ofsted): Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
  • Cultural Development (Ofsted): Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


Relationships and Sex Education

At Tintagel Primary School, ‘Acting Kindly’ and forming good relationships are fundamental to our ethos. RSE is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.  RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.


What difference does PSHE/SMSC learning make?

It aims to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. By setting out our school values and ethos in the way that we do, alongside well sequenced and developed PSHE lessons, assemblies, implementation of our Tree of Being and celebrations our children will be:

  • Well rounded, empathetic and respectful individuals who understand their role in society.
  • Able to understand their own and others physical and mental health.
  • Able to celebrate differences and understand what it is that makes a person special, unique and individual. Children should be able to celebrate their uniqueness.
  • Able to understand how to look after themselves – whether that be diet, exercise or managing stress and looking after their mental health
  • Aspirational in setting goals, know to break these down into achievable steps and how to be resilient when goals aren’t immediately met.
  • Skilled in identifying when they feel safe or unsafe and be able to seek help or advice when needed.
  • Law abiding citizens with strong moral compasses.
  • Knowledgeable, understanding and respectful towards others regardless of race, religion, beliefs and life choices.
  • Understand the importance of using the internet safely.
  • Understand the role of the media in forming attitudes.
  • Able to recognise how their bodies may change, physical and mentally, and how this may affect them and other people around them.
  • Use the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
  • Develop confidence in talking about feelings and relationships.
  • Understand about the diverse range of different relationships, and families, and their importance for the care and support of children.
  • Able to recognise unsafe situations and the importance to ask for help and support.

How do we teach PSHE?

We use Jigsaw, which is a mindful and cohesive scheme that helps children to understand and value how they fit into and contribute to diverse communities – whether that be families, schools or the world. In addition to our PSHE lessons, our Core Values are taught throughout our whole school assemblies, through themes awareness days e.g. Anti Bullying week, Mental Health Week, Odd-Socks day, Red-Nose Day and in the way that our school community interact. Trained TiS practitioners work alongside our class teachers and our children to support them in all aspects of social, emotional and mental health, 1:1 help,  individual programmes to meet the varying needs of our children and Parenting Wellbeing Workshops. We have ensured that the termly Jigsaw themes are linked to our Core Values so that both are mutually enhanced, and learning is deepened and reinforced through meaningful connections across the curriculum.

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