Intent – Why do we teach what we teach?

Our PSHE curriculum, at Stock Church of England Primary School, is centered around Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Through our learning it is our intention to prepare children for life outside of school, helping them to understand and value who they are and to know how to relate to other people in our ever-changing world, all underpinned by the strong foundation of our school gospel values.

We support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to

  • Have a sense of purpose 
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals

As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere

Implementation – How do we teach it?

To deliver this curriculum we use a resource called ‘Jigsaw PSHE’.

There are 6 Jigsaw Puzzles (half-termly units of work), each launched with a whole school assembly, designed to ensure the whole school can study the same learning theme at the same time. The units are carefully planned and resourced so that each year group works at its own level, spiralling and strengthening the development of skills as the children progress through the school.  

All lessons include time for mindfulness activities where children practise breathing and focus. Each lesson (puzzle piece) has two learning intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.

The 6 units are:

  • Being Me in my World (Autumn 1)
  • Celebrating Difference (Autumn 1)
  • Dreams and Goals (Spring 1)
  • Healthy Me (Spring 2)
  • Relationships (Summer 1)
  • Changing Me (Summer 2)

The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England). All teachers adapt lesson content and lesson style to best suit their current cohort and use their professional judgment to ensure the teaching and learning is appropriate and relevant at all times. 

PSHE learning is embedded through all lessons, with teachers making links to other areas of learning, and children are supported and encouraged to use the skills they are developing at every opportunity.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world. Information regarding this can be found below.

Jigsaw contributes, as a good PSHE programme should, to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy. The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson).

Impact – What is the difference that this makes?

The impact of teaching PSHE in this way is that children develop an awareness of themselves and the part they play in the relationships they develop. Children have a better understanding of mental health and how they can have a positive impact on others and the world around them. Children have both the confidence and the ability to face new experiences and meet new challenges.

Through our curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them grow up to become caring, respectful and confident individuals.