PSHE and Citizenship
St Clare’s School has a strong commitment to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. The school vision and values, put together by all the staff, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all pupils.
In our school pupils’ SMSC development can be seen for example, in:
- Understanding what and how important our British Values are.
• Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills
• Developing an awareness and respect for diversity
• Developing and appreciation of theatre, music and the arts.
• Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
• Developing the communication skills to make choices about
likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.
• Taking part in sporting opportunities.
• Taking part in cultural opportunities.
• Taking part in artistic opportunities.
SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Clare’s. This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC are considered in all subject areas.
Beyond the Curriculum
We are also committed as a school to our enrichment experiences. This is done through:
• Arts, Music and Cultural Specialists visits to
• Assemblies give pupils an opportunity to explore aspects of
SMSC such as NSPCC, Red Cross, Fire Fighters programme and nurse ambassadors
• We are currently are a Rights Respecting Level 1 school
At St Clare’s we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. This gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It is very closely linked with Every Child Matters, and encompasses our work within Citizenship, PSHE planning and towards National Healthy Schools Status.
Delivery of the Curriculum
We have a comprehensive scheme of work called Jigsaw which is delivered each week. Please use the link to see the long term plans for each year group.
At St. Clare’s Primary School, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them 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 The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle 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.
We teach PSHE at St Clare’s through the Jigsaw scheme. During weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons will focus on different topics each term. Children are encouraged to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning wherever possible. The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within our school are to provide children with accurate and relevant knowledge, opportunities to create personal understanding, opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities and a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life.
Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children will also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
Whole school and key stage assemblies will also deliver teaching in many areas of the PSHE curriculum. The RE Curriculum and our Catholic life also provides opportunities for learning and development in PSHE.
We also use enrichment activities such as visitors and experiences to further enhance our PSHE curriculum.
St Clare’s Catholic Primary School is closely linked with the Parish Church and the Parish Community. Please see also our RE/Catholic Life pages.
Pupils are encouraged to develop links with the local community through:
• Weekly class masses and whole school masses
• Singing at St Clares/ St Francis’ Parish at Christmas and local nursing homes
• St Clares Easter and Christmas Fayre and Summer ‘Stay and Play’,
• Delivery of Harvest Goods with members of the Church community and the John Paul Centre
Links to planning and Learning for Teachers: