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Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE Subject Leader: Jade Mobbs

At Rushton Primary School, we use Jigsaw- the mindful approach to PSHE as our scheme of work. It brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. A lesson a week with the teaching resources included, helps our teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Our intention is that when children leave Rushton, 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 Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.


At the end of EYFS

Pupils will have began to think carefully about the person they are, their rights and responsibilities and begin to understand their feelings. They will talk about their talents, how they are special and about their families. They will be encouraged to think about their goals and how they will achieve these, as well as challenges they could face and how they would overcome them. Pupils will learn about exercise and how they can keep their body healthy. In addition to this, pupils will learn about friendships and growing up.

At the end of Key Stage 1

Pupils will be able to demonstrate that they have a deeper understanding of all the previous learning completed in EYFS. Pupils will learn how to deal with bullying and will be able to identify exactly what ‘bullying’ means. They will independently be able to identify obstacles and overcome these, applying their PSHE learning to their daily life. Pupils will understand road safety. By the end of KS1, pupils will know about life cycles of a human, will be able to name male and female body parts, and will be able to identify the difference between a male and female body. Pupils will know about trust, appreciation and will understand about physical contact boundaries.  

At the end of Key Stage 2

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. Pupils will be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society, and will appreciate difference and diversity. Pupils will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.

They will be able to understand and manage their emotions and will be able to look after their mental health and well-being. Pupils will be able to develop a positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future and will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level. Pupils will have respect for themselves and others and will have a positive self-esteem.


Pedagogy: How the Curriculum is Taught

Our PSHE curriculum is taught using the following key components:

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 Early Learning Goals. Reception also uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work materials. (see below)


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. 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.

At Rushton, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through ‘Jigsaw’.



We use a multi-faceted approach to assessment within PSHE.

  • Retrieval practice of key knowledge from previous lessons and units of study.

  • Assessment for learning is used within each lesson through skilful use of questioning and live feedback.

  • Pupil voice to support the evidence that pupils know and remember more over time.

  • Written outcomes.


Cultural Capital

Enrichment is an essential part of our PSHE curriculum which provides pupils with discrete time to deepen their learning.  They provide opportunities for new experiences as well as nurturing and developing a thirst for learning. 


We use a multi-faceted approach to enrichment within PSHE:

  • School nurse to deliver RSE to Year 6 children


Career Professional Development

We develop strong subject knowledge amongst all staff which is achieved through comprehensive middle leadership development, a focus on developing all teachers’ subject knowledge and pedagogy. All staff benefit from implementing the high-quality planning resources provided by the Trust which is amended to meet the needs of all pupils.


Below is a summary of the CPD activities bespoke to PSHE:

  • Sharing knowledge from trust-wide meetings

  • Bespoke training videos

  • 1:1 discussions with staff about lessons

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