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Purpose of study


Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.

During key stages 1 and 2, PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness, as they move through the primary phase. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online. PSHE education helps pupils to manage the physical and emotional changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.




The school PSHE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils are developing the self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence to enable them to:


  • Stay as healthy as possible, emotionally and physically
  • Keep themselves and others safe
  • Develop social skills
  • Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships
  • Respect the differences between people
  • Develop independence and responsibility
  • Play an active role as members of a democratic society and community
  • Make the most of their own and others’ abilities
  • Manage their feelings
  • Develop their self- awareness
  • Create an environment where good learning takes place




  • Our school uses Jigsaw, a child centred mindful approach to the PSHE curriculum approved by PSHE Association.
  • Each year group has six units of work that spiral progressively and sequentially over KS1 and KS2.
  • The units are split into half-termly topics/lessons (pieces) that are taught explicitly once a week and include opportunities for whole school enterprise and collaboration.
  • Each unit is structured to support children’s development of self- awareness, social skills, and management of feelings, motivation and empathy and incorporates the three core strands of Health and well-being, Relationships and Living in the wider world.
  • Jigsaw corresponds to the national curriculum requirements and the statutory requirements for relationships and sex education.



For further information, including the skills, knowledge and areas for study for KS1 and KS2, please see our school's curriculum overview below: