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Intent - What we want our children to learn

Our intention is that when children leave St Paul’s, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society.

We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.

It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.

British Values

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).

We are proud of the way we promote emotional wellbeing for all our pupils through our Jigsaw programme which underpins the whole of our curriculum.                                                                    

Through the provision of SCSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural), we:

  • enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England; 
  • encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely; 
  • enable children to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; 
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; 
  • encourage respect for other people; 
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England. 

The list below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of our pupils as a result of promoting fundamental British values:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process; 
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety; 
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law; 
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour;
  • aim to develop an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination;

PSHE Implementation - How we help our children to progress

EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 

Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World

Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy Me

Summer 1: RSE taught with the Ten Ten Scheme

Summer 2: RSE taught with the Ten Ten Scheme

It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

Wider Curriculum  

  • PSHE, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject areas.
  • Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.          
  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of faith, hope and love. We often hold fund raising events for many charities as a school and classes raise money for their charities too.
  • Assemblies are linked to PSHE and British Values and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.                                                        
  • PSHE displays up for pupils to reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
  • Feelings displays and worry boxes are in every classroom to encourage the children to talk about their feelings and mental health. 
  • Circle time is done weekly and recorded in our circle time books.  Circle time is specifically catered for any issues within a class to be dealt with quickly and collaboratively.

PSHE Impact - How we know what we have put in place has achieved successful learning

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 relationships with their peers both now and in the future
  • have respect for themselves and others.
  • have positive self esteem

Curriculum Overview - Long Term Plan

Snapshot (Overview) Maps : The Snapshot Overview shows a brief overview of Jigsaw’s content by Puzzle (unit of work) through all the year groups.  The Expanded Snapshot Overview adds Assessment Statements – the ‘working at‘ descriptor for each Puzzle.

* We do not cover the units 'Relationships' and 'Changing me' through the Jigsaw scheme we use Ten Ten to teach SRE to our pupils. 

Early Years PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development)

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was revised, with the new document coming into force for September 2021 (and has been supported by a revised version of Development Matters).

In line with this, Jigsaw PSHE has revised all assessment tables for its EYFS plans to support practitioners in making judgements against the Early Learning Goals. How each session supports children towards the revised Development Matters statements is also reflected in our revised planning. This document specifically looks at the PSED Early Learning Goals and how Jigsaw supports children to fulfil them.

PSHE School Displays


Knowledge Organisers

Here at St Pauls we create knowledge organisers for each topic every half term.  These are shared with the chidren and their families.  Here are a few examples of knowledge organisers across the school for PSHE. 

PSHE Skills

To be able to learn effectively in PSHE we have come up with a list of skills.  These skills are written on stars on our displays and referred to throughout PSHE lessons so the children are familiar with the terminology.  The skills are:

  • Discuss
  • Empathise
  • Listen to others
  • Sensitive
  • Brave
  • Accepting
  • Understanding
  • Share thoughts and ideas
  • Respect
  • Honesty

Curriculum Enrichment - Mindful Me

Art and PSHE joined forces to bring 'Mindful Me' into the classrooms of St Pauls. The idea was to talk about feelings and represent those feeling through art. Each class decided how this was going to look and decided whether it was an individual piece or group task; whether music can change those feelings; how they would present it and which art materials they would use. It was a successful day with all the children talking about good feelings and bad feelings and who to go to for help if needed. Below are a few examples of the fabulous work done that day - well done to all the children for taking part!

Useful PSHE Websites

BBC education's PSHE. List of PSHE websites for 4-11 year old students, including games and activities and resources for teachers and parents.

Kidsmart, learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer; plus lots of good sites for children.

CBBC's stay safe on line.Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.

Safety Net Kids, all things to do with keeping safe.

E-Safety, Tablets and Apps, tips and links to child friendly apps.

Anti-bullying network, links to many sites to support anti-bullying.

Stop bullying,  Child-friendly, US site with tools to learn about bullying and how to prevent it.

Recommended books

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