Personal Social Health and Economic Education at Gilmour Infant School enables pupils to develop positive attitudes and behaviours. It supports pupils in making informed decisions and judgements, developing their own role within their community and within society. PSHE encourages respect for others and others’ opinions and promotes a pupil’s own self-esteem. It teaches about a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally and children learn about keeping themselves safe.
At Gilmour Infant School the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education gives the children the skills and knowledge to become healthy, independent and responsible citizens. As a school we use the core themes from the PSHE Association Scheme of Work which are – Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World.
At Gilmour Infant School PSHE is taught in each class on a weekly basis. In order to deliver the core themes, we use the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. This is a whole school approach to PSHE using structured, progressive plans. Each year group, from Nursery to Year Two, work on the same termly topic at an age appropriate level. Children learn about their place in the community and the world. They discuss and celebrate how people are different to each other. Children set goals and think about their aspirations. Being and keeping healthy, both physically and mentally, are key elements that the children learn about and discuss. Children learn about friendships and family relationships and also think about how they themselves change and develop over time.
At Gilmour Infant School we use a variety of ways to find out what the children know. Teachers frequently question children throughout lessons to gauge learning and understanding, particularly at the beginning and end of a lesson.
We encourage the children to talk and to shares ideas and experiences and their comments are noted. Children may record their learning and photographic evidence is collected.
Monitoring includes scrutiny of work and interviews with pupils. These ensure curriculum coverage and show children’s attitude to learning and the quality of learning.