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‘To nurture talent and achievement in everyone and build the foundations for success in the 21st Century’

Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons aim to equip children with essential skills for life. The children learn how to stay safe and healthy – both physically and emotionally; how to build and maintain successful relationships and become active and responsible citizens. We aim to prepare our children for life in society now and in the future.

At Holmesdale we teach PSHE through the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme, tailoring it to suit our school and to include our Values and Learning Behaviours. PSHE is taught through weekly Jigsaw lessons, Circle Times, Independent Learning Activities, Mindfulness sessions, assemblies, group work and listening to guest speakers. The themes and topics covered in Jigsaw support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide children with the knowledge of when and how they can ask for help if they should need it. The children also enjoy whole school themed weeks such as ‘Friendship’ week or ‘Feeling Good’ week, which give the children the opportunity to take part in fun activities e.g. dressing up or wearing odd socks and workshops such as Yoga or Dance.

Odd Socks Day 2021

We teach the children the learning skills they need to become resilient, life-long learners in our ever changing world. Through a carefully planned curriculum the children are provided with a range of opportunities to develop and embed these skills. Each ‘learning behaviour’ is linked to an animal e.g. a reflective owl and a responsible penguin. When sharing and celebrating work, children are encouraged to relate their learning to one (or more) of the behaviours, consolidating their understanding of the skills encompassed by each behaviour.