Wythenshawe is in the top 20% of deprived areas in England and the number of children that receive pupil premium funding is almost double the national figures. Here, at Button Lane Primary School we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. Our Jigsaw scheme of work brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning, including: emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
At Button Lane Primary School PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of their community. We believe that if attention is paid to supporting children’s personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way, this will not only improve their capacity to learn (across the curriculum) but will ultimately improve their life chances and enable them to thrive. Our PSHE lessons improve children’s social skills to better enable collaborative learning; teach mindfulness techniques to relax and calm their minds for learning; help the brain to focus on specific learning intentions; and initiate new learning. Jigsaw has a strong focus on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing physical and mental health. Whilst using a mindful approach allowing children to learn to build their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
We want our children to be proud of their achievements, have high aspirations, and the self-belief to realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware (at an age appropriate level) of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being and strive for equality.
Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.