Woolavington Village Primary School

Woolavington Village Primary School

Express Yourself

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. 

At Woolavington Village Primary School, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. Through using Jigsaw our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.

The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within Woolavington Village Primary School are to provide children with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge;
  • opportunities to create personal understanding;
  • opportunities to explore and understand the importance of relationships;
  • opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities;
  • a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life;

The Jigsaw PSHE programme supports the understanding of British values that are necessary if children are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect other, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly assemblies and weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

Physical Education 

Sport in school is extremely important for children of all ages. At Woolavington we ensure that every child has at least 2 hours of high quality curriculum time Physical Education lessons per week along with additional time for sport throughout the day. Every child is taught the skills needed for a range of different sports across each year group throughout the year. We aim to provide the facilities that children need to enable them to meet the national minimum of 30 active minutes a day at school and allow them the opportunities for inter and intra school competitions.

We aim for all pupils to:

  • Strive to their highest potential in sport through extra sporting opportunities
  • Master the basic movement skills including running, jumping, throwing
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control, balance and agility, and begin to apply these to a range of activities
  • Participate in team games and competitions, whilst applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending (for example, cricket, tennis, football, hockey, netball, basketball and rounders)
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns and compare and improve to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

Religious Education

At Woolavington Village Primary School, as part of our commitment to the promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, we provide an array of opportunities through our broad and balanced curriculum which includes our following of the AMV Somerset Religious Education syllabus. As a school, we want to bring a sense of hope to all that we do. In our teaching and learning there is hope for all to achieve their own excellence, and within our behaviour policy whereby everyone can begin again and restore what has been broken or lost. The development of personal beliefs and values, which may or may not be shared with other members of the community, may include the development of religious beliefs, and as a school, we seek to be a supportive environment within which pupils can explore their own beliefs.

Following the AMV Somerset Religious Education syllabus, Woolavington Village Primary School aims to help pupils become successful learners by enabling them to:

  • develop important skills, knowledge and understanding in RE
  • build progression from simple skills such as naming recognising and recalling, to complex and demanding skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation
  • develop understanding of both learning about and from religion and belief
  • access lively, challenging and compelling learning experiences which stimulate their mental, emotional and social development
  • engaging with powerful and important questions of meaning and complex, demanding ethical issues
  • understand both conflict and collaboration within and between religions and the importance of inter-faith dialogue
  • reflect upon and evaluate the role of religion and belief in the world today
  • mature in their spiritual moral, social and cultural development
  • build effective links between their learning in RE and other subjects
  • know how well they are doing in RE and how to improve their learning

RE helps pupils become confident individuals by enabling them to:

  • develop important attitudes such as sensitivity, open-mindedness, self-esteem and appreciation/wonder
  • share their own views, ideas and experiences, in a supportive learning environment, without fear or embarrassment
  • develop the ability to produce reasoned, thoughtful arguments and well-substantiated conclusions, especially when engaging with questions of meaning and ethical issues
  • develop both independent and inter-dependent learning in RE
  • express their own ideas and responses in a variety of ways such as creative writing, oral work, the use of ICT, drama, story and music
  • engage with and reflect upon key beliefs and teachings in religion regarding the purpose, value and dignity of human beings

RE helps pupils become responsible citizens by enabling them to:

  • develop both respect and sensitivity to other people’s beliefs and values
  • learn about and from the contribution of religion and belief to Community Cohesion through engaging with school, local, British and global communities
  • actively contribute to RE lessons through group and class discussions
  • learn about and from the diversity of faith and beliefs in their local, wider, British and global communities
  • analyse how and why religion and belief are portrayed in the media
  • critically evaluate the role and place of religion in the world
  • enrich their learning through visits to our local church – St Mary’s
  • investigate and reflect upon their rights and responsibilities
  • develop the key attitude of open mindedness, sustaining their own views, agreeing and disagreeing respectfully and listening carefully to others

When planning RE lessons, following the AMV Somerset RE syllabus, staff consider such things as:

  • The careful selection of individual and class reading books to encourage discussion of issues.
  • Setting aside time during RE (and Jigsaw) lessons to actively value individuals e.g. use of Circle Time as a valuable tool for the expression of thoughts and feelings.
  • Science and environmental issues can raise ultimate questions about the role of humankind. “Why is the world like this?” Ethical questions are an integral part of the modern scientific world.
  • English, music, art and drama are all highly creative areas of the curriculum and can also be used to explore important issues of many kinds.
  • RE offers opportunities for reflection, empathy, exploration of value and belief systems, and the exploration of community. During Friday’s ‘Celebration Assembly’ older children will be given the opportunity to be active worship leaders e.g. writing prayers and selecting music.
  • History and geography give the opportunity to empathise with others of different times and cultures. They may raise moral questions e.g. child labour in the Victorian period. Geography can raise questions of justice and equity and our care for the natural environment.
  • PE helps people to explore their own capabilities, develop positive attitudes towards others and experience co-operation and teamwork.
  • The children are involved in decision making and taking responsibility so that they can see they are of value in the community. The Pupil Council is an important way of ensuring that all children potentially have a voice in whole school issues.