We aim to encourage all students to develop an understanding of the ever changing world through a holistic approach. By engaging in physical activities, making positive lifestyle choices and having an awareness of their own mental well-being, children will be able to manage their own lives effectively.
Classes follow the Jigsaw scheme of work which covers a range of Personal, Social and Health issues.
Autumn 1: Being me in my World (Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters)
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.)
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals (Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.)
Spring 2: Healthy Me (Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.)
Summer 1: Relationships (Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills)
Summer 2: Changing Me (includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change)
The scheme provides opportunities to cover advised curriculum coverage, relevant in today’s society alongside exploring social and emotional skills.
Alongside the curriculum coverage, we address the British values strand as well as strong links to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) development.
Relationship and Sex Education Questionnaire Results
A parent and carer consultation has been carried out, obtaining viewpoints and feedback in regards to our updated Relationships and Sex policy. Alongside this, the new compulsory objectives, which link to the corresponding year groups, have beenshared. As a school, we felt it vital for the opinions of all stakeholders to be listened to, therefore, pupils also spent time discussing what PSHE means to them and shared what they would like to see being taught. Following on from this and in response to any feedback received, a Frequently Asked Question sheet was formed ( see below).
In response to some of the comments received we have constructed a FAQ sheet to both respond and give further information.
- Will parents be informed before content linked to Sex education is taught? Can we know what is taught so we can discuss this with our children?
Yes! As a whole school, before any content is taught parents will be contacted through SZAPP with both a reminder as to when lessons will be taught (Summer term 2) as well as an overview of objectives that will be covered. This will provide parents with an understanding of content if they wish to discuss this further at home.
- How are the children taught? Are images used of sexual organs?
All PSHE lessons are taught in classrooms which foster a supportive learning environment. Children are taught from KS1 to listen to each other and to be respectful to each others ideas and discussions. Lessons can consist of discussions, mind maps and matching activities to written outcomes, dependent on the age of the child and the lesson objective. Images are used to illustrate all body parts and are labelled with their scientific name. As you can see below the images are illustrations and are in no way done in graphic detail. This becomes normal for children and is discussed using the correct terminology throughout the school.
As children move into upper key stage 2, videos are used to, again illustrate, puberty and the physical changes in an adolescent body.
3. Is PSHE focusing heavily on sexual content?
No, Linden’s PSHE and Relationship education curriculum covers a whole range of objectives vital in supporting the whole child to develop and grow, whilst being inclusive of modern society. As included in the overviews, coverage includes a wide range of objectives;
- mental well being
- first aid
- online safety and wellbeing
- healthy relationships (friendships, different family structures etc).
Units also focus on celebrating differences, including race, gender and gender identity, physical attributes but recognises how each and every one of us is special. Setting dreams and goals for the future and keeping healthy both physically but also mentally (body confidence, self awareness, media influences).
One unit out of the six taught throughout the year focuses on sex education which is called ‘changing me.’ Lessons taught will cover aspects of body parts, menstrual cycles and how to deal with changes in their lives (asking for help, looking towards the next school year.) All of which remain at age appropriate levels and set within government guidance.
- How can parents find out more about topics covered in PSHE including Sex Education?
To continue supporting your child(ren) in regards to PSHE and its coverage below are some useful websites. This is addition to any information which will be sent out by the school before specific topics are covered in class.
https://www.jigsawpshe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Information-for-parents-and-carers-leaflet.pdf Jigsaw parent information leaflet: RSE Guide for Parents and Carers leaflet
https://www.outspokeneducation.com/ (click on the tips by age to ensure age appropriate content)
- In addition I have included some useful websites for parents who may look for additional support and guidance to areas more specific to them and their family.
https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/parents/ ( Information in supporting your child with transgender and gender dysphoria
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/positive/?WT.ac=p-nav-positive (Topics include first aid, staying healthy, making friends.)
We strongly believe that for children to succeed in life beyond school, they need to develop key life skills. Linden has joined the Skills Builder Partnership which embeds eight essential skills into our curriculum. These skills are:
The whole school focusses on a different skill each half term and throughout the year. Children apply these skills by participating in Challenge Days and projects. These skills unlock learning at school and ensure children are fully prepared for the independence needed later in their education.
Whole School Skills Builder Challenge Day
It has been a fun and exciting day at Linden as KS1 and KS2 have taken part in a Skills Builder Challenge Day ‘Crime Scene Investigation.’
The children came to school this morning to find that somebody has stolen Mrs Gelsthorpe’s and Mrs Wellington’s chocolate! Detective Inspector Firth came to the school and asked the children to help her solve the crime.
All day the children have been working in teams to gather and analyse the different pieces of evidence, including fingerprints and clues that were left at the crime scene in order to narrow down the suspects and identify the guilty culprit.
The children have learnt lots about the individual Skills Builder skills and have being putting them into practice as they work together on the problem.
Thankfully, the children have managed to uncover the mysterious criminal and have revealed who was guilty of this terrible crime!
Meanwhile, the Reception children have been focussing on their listening skills for today’s Challenge Day. The children were introduced to their new class friends Lola the Tiger and Sid the Sloth. They taught the children the key skills needed for listening and then the children have been practising these skills by playing games and through their continuous provision.
At Linden Primary School, each class is timetabled to 2 hours of PE per week. In Reception and Key Stage 1, these two hours are focussed on the fundamental skills of PE (running, jumping, throwing, catching etc.) In Key Stage 2, these skills are applied to a variety of sports/games. As well as sports, we believe that other aspects of healthy living, such as Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) and physical and mental well-being are of great importance.
Yearly Plan PE
Lancashire Scheme of work
As a school, we follow the Lancashire PE Scheme of work. This provides staff with support in planning, delivering and assessing units of work. The scheme includes both indoor and outdoor lessons, where units of work progress and build upon previous learning.
We are affiliated with the Gloucester School Sports Network, which provides us with a variety of opportunities such as: continuous professional development for our staff, participation in numerous sporting events (competitive and non-competitive) and opportunities for our SEND children to participate in inclusive competitions.
Each year group (Year 2-Year 6) goes swimming for a minimum of 10 weeks of the year. Our swimming lessons are provided by Swimwell Teaching Services and take place at Ribston Hall High School. The children are taught the different strokes of swimming, as well as how to stay safe in and around water. Their achievements are celebrated with certificates (and sometimes badges) at the end of each block of 10 lessons.
We provide the children with expert coaching in a variety of different sports. After listening to the requests of the children, we invited cheerleading, cricket, tennis and netball coaches in to offer our children expert sessions as well as providing a learning opportunity for staff.
A wide variety of sports (football, tag rugby, netball etc.) are offered in after school clubs. Each club is held for an hour per week after school. In addition to this, we participate in the Gloucester schools’ leagues for boys’ football, girls’ football and tag rugby.
Each term we focus on a different value, where we begin with a launch assembly on the meaning of the value and its importance within our lives. Assemblies linked to this are carried out during the term with the final one celebrating a value winner from each class. This provides an opportunity for parents of the winning children to join us and celebrate with the pupils.
Our values include:
- Team work
At Linden, we have regular assemblies often linked to our values but also have regular assemblies held by Rev. Ruth Fitter from St Pauls and St Stephens church as well as a termly visit from Gordon Rae.
Each week, the whole school meets for a celebration assembly, where we celebrate a star of the week (chosen by class teachers), team points and class attendance.
Each year, the school council is elected after a thorough and exciting campaign trail held with the opportunity of year 5 and year 6 pupils being voted in for the roles such as Prime Minister and Secretary of Education, as well as year group representatives from across the school.
Weekly they meet to discuss and address important issues that impact on the Linden School community.
They are currently tackling the KS2 playground as well as dealing with the build-up of lost property.
We currently hold the Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning award to which we continue to set high expectations throughout the school.