“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

– Said Christopher Robin to Winnie-the-Pooh.

At Vicarage school, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally and socially.
Our curriculum provides a context for the school to fulfil the responsibilities to:

  • Promote the physical, social and emotional well-being of pupils.
  • Provide sex and relationships education (RSE). Promote British values.
  • Provide understanding of the diversity in our country as a whole in terms of race, religion, relationships.
  • Develop tolerant, respectful young people, prepared for their future live.
  • Provide a safe place for discussion of current, relevant social issues.
  • Provide the vocabulary to be able to articulate their feelings.
  • Provide skills and knowledge to use technology safely and responsibly.
  • Protect our children from radicalisation.

We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. The scheme has been adapted and tailored to meet the needs of our pupils.

Our PSHE curriculum is based on three key concepts,
These key concepts are the ‘big ideas’ which run as threads through the curriculum. The same key concepts are explored and revisited in each unit of work in every year group. This enables pupils to build on prior knowledge, deepen their contextual knowledge and always working towards the bigger picture of achievement at the end of each year group or phase.

PSHE is taught weekly across the school from Reception up to Year 6 and as a school and is embedded throughout the curriculum. Lessons focus on the six core themes: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Mindfulness underpins all PSHE lessons taught at Vicarage. For example, throughout every year group, at the beginning of each Jigsaw lesson (Piece), there is a Calm Me time, which is designed to teach children techniques to relax their bodies and calm their minds. This is being used to great effect and impacting positively on children’s ability to concentrate, to connect well with each other and most importantly to be more aware of and better able to manage their feelings and thought processes more helpful the impact on their capacity to learn.

Curriculum Documents: 
PSHE Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement 
PSHE Curriculum Map 
PSHE Progression Overview





Useful links

PSHE Association
PSHE – Everyschool
Primary Resources