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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)



At St. John’s CE Primary School, we will teach our personal, health, social and economic (PHSE) curriculum to enable children  to become happy, independent, resilient, compassionate, and respectful members of a modern Britain who are able to make sensible, healthy choices throughout their lives. 


Using planned learning objectives and outcomes from the Jigsaw and Christopher Winter Project Schemes of work, we will deliver a curriculum that addresses every strand of PSHE and fulfils our Christian vision for education to ‘seek life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).


St John’s C of E Primary School is a Christian community that seeks every opportunity for children to cherish themselves and others as unique and wonderfully made individuals. Our deeply Christian vision drives the approach and implementation of the PSHE curriculum that all are made in God’s image and equally loved by God, who have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. The PSHE curriculum plays a vital part in meeting the schools’ commitment and obligations to safeguarding.


The PSHE curriculum develops personal, health, social and economic learning, to enable pupils to acquire the knowledge, skills, and qualities to access the wider curriculum, keep themselves healthy and safe and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Children will also be provided with good opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate the positive benefits of being members of a diverse society.


Our Christian values of respect, courage, compassion, friendship, trust, and perseverance are central to our approach and implementation of the PSHE curriculum. We aim to provide a well-delivered, age-appropriate PSHE programme that upholds our Christian values to enhance the children’s sense of their own identity, feel welcome and fulfilled, and reflect the principles set out in the Church of England’s ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ guidance.


Under the 2010 Equality Act, all protected characteristics will be recognised and acceptance taught as central to all that we do at St. John’s.  These protected characteristics include: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.



The PSHE curriculum is delivered within:

  • Discrete timetabled lessons
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Enrichment


PSHE is implemented using the whole school PSHE scheme, Jigsaw, as the main resource.  Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 


Jigsaw is a whole-school approach to PSHE, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. The approach enables each theme to be launched with an introductory worship assembly, to generate a whole school focus for both adults and children. It also enables the whole school shared themes to be developed and embedded together for greater impact across the school. Each unit is age-appropriate to each year group and delivered as one discrete lesson (a piece of the jigsaw) per week.


The PSHE themes:

  • Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
  • Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this theme.
  • Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges,
    via teamwork skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and have opportunities to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world. 
  • Healthy Me, covers two main areas of health: emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
  • Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of the unit focuses on safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes.
  • Changing Me: deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made, and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change.


A number of carefully selected additional resources enhance the implementation of the school’s PSHE curriculum, for example:

  • Christopher Winter Project (CWP) resources (PSHE Association Quality Mark Approved).
  • ‘Inspiring Equality in Education’ primary school resources which are are also accredited by the PSHE Association
  • Picture News 
  • The Expect Respect Educational Tool Kit


The timetable is adapted where necessary to meet the needs of arising issues. Children also have a weekly opportunity to explore current affairs and discuss emerging national and global issues through the Picture News resource.



We greatly value enrichment opportunities to enable everyone in our school community to develop and experience life in all its fullness and realise their true potential. Enrichment opportunities are planned through themed weeks, visits and visitors and extra-curricular activities.

Examples of themed events:

  • Wellbeing Day
  • Children’s Mental Health Week
  • Black History Month


Staff Training: The school nurse, on occasions, provides advice for teachers in their planning. All Christopher Winter Project resources and lesson plans are government approved in line with the new RSE guidance.

The PHSE lead, SENDCO and head teacher have attended training on Sex and Relationship Education through Liverpool Diocese. There is also the opportunity for teachers to attend training on Sex and Relationship Education where necessary through Liverpool Diocese or Sefton LA.

Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PHSE) Policy

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Policy

This is Our Jigsaw Charter. We use our Charter in all of our Jigsaw lessons, to ensure that each child has a voice and the right to give their own opinions as well as the chance to listen to others.



Overview with Jigsaw Content by Year Group



St. John's PSHE Curriculum Map



Programme of Study



Disciplinary Knowledge



How Jigsaw meets the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education



Key Knowledge



PSHE Vocabulary



Book Lists



See how Jigsaw fully incorporates the teaching of Fundamental British Values



See how Jigsaw lessons create opportunities for developing SMSC



Including and Valuing ALL Children.

What Does Jigsaw teach about LGBTQ issues?



Jigsaw PSHE - The Equality Act and Protected Characteristics


Catch 22

Years 5 and 6 have been lucky enough to have CATCH 22 in to discuss online safety. We learnt a lot about how we can be safe online!

Learning about Parliament and how laws are made.