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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development), PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Intent, Implementation and Impact


PSHE Intent 

At Greatfield Park Primary School, we believe that PSED and PSHE education is a fundamental part of every pupil’s education in order for them to become confident, happy citizens. We aim to promote personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give pupils the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. We enable pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. We feel that learning about the emotional and social aspects of growing up will give our pupils the information, skills and positive values to empower them to have safe and fulfilling relationships and to become independent, responsible members of society. Having introduced pupils to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE is our vision statement ‘Learning and thriving together to achieve our DREAMSDetermination, Respect, Excellence, Aspirations, Mindful and Supportive. We want our teaching to promote the vision and values so all members of the school community can ‘live’ these values and share the vision together.


 Throughout our school, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work, which aims to develop the ‘whole child’ through a spiral curriculum. PSED and PSHE including RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) is taught across the school from Reception - Year 6 on a weekly basis with carefully sequenced and progressive learning.  Jigsaw holds pupil at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps pupil understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world.’ Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: 


  • Being Me in My World 
  • Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying) 
  • Dreams and Goals (including pupil’s mental health week)
  • Healthy Me 
  • Relationships 
  • Changing Me (including Sex Education)


Jigsaw’s cohesive vision aligns with our school vision. It helps pupils understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness, allowing pupils to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. This encourages building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. 


We believe that PSHE education plays a vital part in primary education so, as well as discrete lessons, it is embedded throughout the curriculum. British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) concepts are explored across our broad and balanced curriculum. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. In addition, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for pupils to explore topical issues, these include Anti-bullying Week, Deaf Awareness Week and fundraising, e.g. Children in Need.   


The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils is integral to all we do.  As part of the Greatfield Park Primary School rules, to be ‘ready, respectful and safe’, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our pupils. We recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing are to our lives, in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that pupil’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All pupils go through ups and downs during their time at school and some face significant life events.  We promote positive resolutions and praise whenever possible. Examples of these are ‘calm corners’ in each class, Zones of Regulation for pupils to follow, with opportunities to talk and be supported through whatever challenges pupils face.



PSHE Implementation


PSED, PSHE and RSE at Greatfield Park Primary are implemented using the JIGSAW programme which is a whole school approach. Progression in skills and knowledge in the subject is outlined in the PSHE progression grid. The six topics covered are: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. Learning in each topic then takes place during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which explore the different themes. These themes are also embedded through all other 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.



The aims of PSED, PSHE and RSE and Jigsaw within Greatfield Park Primary are to provide children with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to create personal understanding
  • 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

Our PSHE programme deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at Greatfield Park Primary also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

PSHE Impact

By the time our children leave our school they will:

  • Be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • Be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • Appreciate difference and diversity
  • Recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • Be  able to understand and manage their emotions
  • Be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • Be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  •  Understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  •  Have respect for themselves and others.
  •  Have a positive self esteem