Each year group participates in a Philosophy for Children (P4C) session. Children are presented with a 'stimulus' (which could be a picture book, video, artefact etc.) and from this children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue. For example the question might be 'is it ever OK to steal?' The teacher, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue. After the enquiry the children and facilitator reflect on the quality of the thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve; either as individuals or as a group. Philosophy sessions will often cross over with PSHE elements of the curriculum which are naturally intertwined with the curriculum.
PSHE (including statutory Relationships and Sex Education):
It is our belief that our pupils should be equipped with the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. We believe that children should gradually gain this knowledge through a progressive and spiral curriculum that starts with our youngest children.
At Langford we have chosen to follow a PSHE curriculum called Jigsaw.
"Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus."
Our staff have been trained to deliver this curriculum through a weekly lesson. Each half term, the focus is the same for the whole school and pupils will reflect on their own thoughts, experiences and emotions.
Please click on the link below to see an overview of the curriculum in more detail.
Jigsaw Curriculum Overview