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PSHE Lead - Claire Fretwell

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Vision for PSHE


At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children. We want to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life. We will provide them with information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically. We will encourage our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.

Long Term Plan for PSHE

How PSHE is taught and what it looks like at OJS

PSHE is taught weekly at Oatlands Junior School by the class teacher. Lots of our lessons are taught using ‘Jigsaw’, a spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Each year group has its own Jigsaw friend, a cuddly jigsaw piece (Jino, Jaz, Jez or Jem) that comes out for every lesson and sessions will often begin with the sound of a chime bar and some calming mindfulness. Different themes are covered every half term and include: Being Me In My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

At OJS we also promote PSHE through national campaigns, such as Children’s Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Children In Need to name a few.

What your child will leave OJS knowing, understanding and appreciating in PSHE

We aim to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever changing world. We hope that through the teaching of the different threads in the PSHE and RSE curriculum, children will learn strategies to help them stay safe and healthy and be able to manage their personal and social lives in a positive way. Key areas are revisited so children can gain a good understanding of how to be healthy, how to create respectful relationships and how to look after their mental wellbeing. PSHE teaching, along with our OJS school values, develops the children’s understanding of kindness, integrity, generosity, tolerance and honesty.


Throughout their time at Oatlands Junior School, pupils will spend time on the following key areas:

mental wellbeing, internet and safety harms, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, health and prevention, basic first aid, changing adolescent body, families and people who care for me, caring friendships, respectful relationships, online relationships, being safe.

What pupils at OJS think about PSHE

“I like talking about emotions” – Year 3 pupil

“I like how every lesson is so different” – Year 3 pupil

“I like Jigsaw at OJS because I get to share my feelings with others” – Year 4

“It calms me down” – Year 4

“It helps me understand what I am feeling and how I can control my feelings” – Year 5

“It helps me keep a healthy mindset” – Year 6 pupil

“I like letting go of all my worries” – Year 6 pupil

Children's Mental Health Week 7th-13th February

Children's Mental Health Week this year is 7th-13th February...the theme is Growing Together. The children at Oatlands will be spending some time in their lessons thinking about this theme. Lower school will be looking at 'A Time To Grow' and will be planting some seeds while the upper school will be creating a 'Wellbeing Well' of ideas of things to do when we feel upset, angry or worried. All the children will be watching the virtual assembly too.


On Friday 11th February, the whole school will be taking part in the 'Dress To Impress' campaign by wearing their favourite colour or a unique outfit to express how they're feeling, simple or elaborate. All money raised on this day will be going to a Place2Be.

Autumn 2020

The start of this term has been a little different for lessons in PSHE. We recognised that many children had been away from school for some months due to Covid-19 and that we needed to address this and talk about it. For that reason, all the children took part in some Jigsaw ‘recovery’ sessions. Some of the themes were ‘Coming together again’, ‘Belonging and feeling safe at school’, ‘Reconnecting with friends’, ‘Being positive and looking forwards’ and ‘Managing worries and fears’. We felt this was needed before we started lessons from our long term plan.


The Autumn term is always busy with national events; the children have had the opportunity to buy a poppy and have talked about remembrance. We have all taken part in World Mental Health Day in October and Anti-Bullying Week and Children In Need in November.


After the recovery lessons, children in Year 3 have been getting used to their new school and the new children in their class. Their PSHE lessons have focussed on what makes a happy school and how rewards and consequences are important. They have made a class charter of rules to follow. Year 4 have thought about the importance of belonging to a class team and the rights and responsibilities of being a good citizen. In Year 5, their focus has been to consider their year ahead and what responsibilities they have as Year 5s. Year 6 spent time thinking about their year ahead and what it means to be a global citizen.

Children In Need

Children In Need was lots of fun this year. The children exercised with Joe Wicks, took part in some of the ‘Five To Thrive’ activities throughout the week and all looked great in their pyjamas, slippers and Pudsey-themed clothes!


World Mental Health Day October 2020

To celebrate World Mental Health Day 2020, Year 4 have been recognising and discussing how AMAZING we all are. Have a look at our pictures below to find out some interesting facts, some wonderful talents and some fantastic achievements. Well done, Grizzly Bears!

Poppies on sale

All the children at Oatlands are now able to make a donation for a poppy for Remembrance Day. All they need to do is hand a small donation to their class teacher during morning registration. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause. 


Mothering Sunday Primula Event

We worked together with Horticap on a Mothering Sunday Primula event. After a meeting with Horticap, we ordered 400 potted primulas from them and sold them in school. We just managed to get these home before we went into lockdown. We were really glad we were able to support this fantastic local charity.

Enterprise Week


What a busy time we have had! Enterprise Week has been full of activity and has been an incredibly enjoyable week, learning more about our theme of 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind'. Our key aim has been developing skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. The children have had the opportunity to consider the role money plays in all our lives, how to manage their money effectively, and how to make money through an enterprise. Key skills of teamwork, communication, resilience, flexibility, delegation and patience have all been practiced this week. 

This all came together for Enterprise Afternoon on Tuesday 11th June when all the children ran their own stalls. There was an amazing buzz around the school. All the money raised this year is going towards Active Play equipment. We look forward to hearing how much we have raised soon.

Spring 2019

Be a Wellspring Hopper in the Big Brain Bounce

A big thank you to everyone who brought in some money for our Big Brain Bounce on Tuesday 9th April. Also thank you to those who lent us one of their space hoppers. We have raised a great amount for Wellspring, the mental health charity we have chosen to support this term. We had so much fun bouncing around on space hoppers with our class. Even some of our teachers had a go! We will be giving the money to someone from Wellspring at the start of the summer term when they come into one of our assemblies. This event put everyone in a good mood.

Red Nose Day Fundraising

A big thank you for your support this year for Comic Relief. All the children looked fantastic in their red outfits today! We raised £239 selling red noses and £281.41 making a grand total of £520.41.                                     

Red Nose Day 2019


Red Nose Day this year is on Friday 15th March. We will be selling red noses in school from Monday 4th March. They cost £1.25. Please send your child in with money if they would like to buy one.

On Red Nose Day itself, we would like the children to come to school wearing something red, with a donation of £1. We will be filling that Friday with fun; the children will be able to take part in activities in class during the day.

Health Week


During health week, as well as thinking about how to keep our bodies healthy, we thought about how to keep our minds healthy. In Flamingos class, we thought about what we can do if we are ever feeling stressed or anxious and made our own stress-relieving cubes.

We also thought about what we can do to keep our minds healthy...

Anti-Bullying Week - The Power of One!


On Thursday 8th November we watched the anti-bullying show ‘The Power of One’. We really enjoyed it! It talked about physical, cyber and verybal bullying. It was interesting to see that even people who seem fine on the surface could be going through bullying. Now we know that if we are ever in a situation where we are being bullied, we have people on our side. The message behind the show was that if we stand up for others rather than standing by when bullying takes place, then we all have the power to overcome bullying.  
By Edie and Ella (3/4 Grizzly Bears)

Fire Safety Assembly


On Wednesday 26th September, Blue Watch from the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service came to give us a talk about fire safety in our homes. They led a very interesting assembly for the whole school. Two of the key messages they talked about were the importance of fitting a smoke alarm at home and checking it regularly and encouraging children to make a fire action plan with their family, so that everyone in the house knows how to escape in the event of fire. A really informative assembly!

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