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Personal, Social & Health Education


At St Edward's we want our PSHE curriculum to give children the confidence to develop their skills and understanding when meeting new challenges and facing new experiences. We support children to develop the knowledge and skills to play an active, successful and responsible role in society and value the contributions of others. We encourage children to have high aspirations and the self-confidence to achieve what they set out to do. Our curriculum is accessible to all, we aim to build children’s emotional resilience and nurture both their physical and mental health.

Our PSHE curriculum provides children opportunities to discuss and consider the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our approach aims to develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members, members of society and the part of the global community. At St Edward's we provide children with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities and we encourage children to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Our PSHE curriculum is committed to enhancing and promoting our core Christian values; friendship, thankfulness, truthfulness, forgiveness, respect, reverence and responsibility.


Our curriculum is shaped by our school vision of ‘Life in all its fullness’ which aims to enable all children to flourish and to become the very best version of themselves. At St Edward's, PSHE is an integral part of the whole school curriculum and is embedded in our school ethos and values. We take every opportunity to permeate these values through several curriculum subjects, school events and collective worship.

Our PSHE curriculum is delivered using the Jigsaw Programme, which supports our aim to develop the ‘whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. The Jigsaw Programme incorporates a wide range of child-centred activities to ensure learning is fun, whilst deepening children’s understanding through a purposeful curriculum to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  1. Being Me in My World (Autumn1)
  2. Celebrating Difference (Autumn 2)
  3. Dreams and Goals (Spring 1)
  4. Healthy Me (Spring 2)
  5. Relationships (Summer 1)
  6. Changing Me, including RSHE (Summer 2)

Our PSHE curriculum teaches the National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression. The skills and knowledge children learn is built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. On occasion, teachers may deliver an additional PSHE lesson as a result of a specific issue that has arisen in their own class to show children how to approach and deal with new situations or issues.


Within our Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught and embedded through the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from the EYFS curriculum. We support children to talk about their feelings, build friendships and develop resilience.

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 using the Jigsaw Programme which ‘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 are six puzzles in the Jigsaw programme, all split into six smaller puzzle pieces. All year groups all work on the same theme at the same time, the scheme accommodates a whole school approach and provides children with a rich, subject specific vocabulary, Each puzzle has two learning intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and the other is based on emotional literacy and social skills. Most of our PSHE curriculum is practical and discussion based, with recorded learning collected in each child’s PSHE journal.

We also take part in other school initiatives that support the development of PSHE within our school, including:

  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • E-Safety
  • Healthy Schools London/Healthy Early Years London
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Stars of the Week
  • Sports Coaches and After School Sports Clubs
  • Class Dojo
  • Community and Charity projects: Operation Christmas Child, Harvest Festival Food Banks, Christmas Tea Party for elderly residents in community

We want children to aspire, persevere and succeed in all that they try to achieve, and our PSHE curriculum support children to develop these skills.


At St Edward's, we seek to ensure that our PSHE curriculum improves the physical, social and mental wellbeing of all of our pupils. Through our PSHE curriculum, our children will be able to:

  • Demonstrate our school values and link these to our British values
  • Socialise and interact well with each other and adults, and take steps to resolve conflicts
  • Develop their independence skills
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of their own safety
  • Appreciate the diverse society that we live in and show respect and tolerance for others
  • Play a positive role in contributing to school life and within the wider community

Our PSHE curriculum will have a positive impact on behaviour and can be monitored through learning walks, PSHE journals and informal teacher assessments, based on observations of children in lessons and within school. Through our PSHE lessons and the safe environment created within school, children will be equipped with the knowledge on how to manage new situations, or who to turn to in order to seek help.

Our PSHE curriculum helps achieve our vision of Life in all its fullness by:

Mind: children will develop their listening and communication skills and will begin to debate and consider different opinions and ideas. They will begin to talk about and adapt their own knowledge and apply it to real-life situations.

Body: children will develop an understanding of how to keep their body healthy, strong and safe. They will learn about healthy diets, make healthy snacks and learn about the importance of exercise. When appropriate, children will learn about the changes their bodies will go through during puberty.

Heart: children will work together and develop our school values of friendship and thankfulness. They will learn about responsibilities and will be given opportunities to share their own thoughts and views and show respect to the ideas of others.

Spirit: children will be able to learn about different people, different views and develop a tolerance of others. Children will take part in different school, community and charity projects to show consideration for others.


Relationships, Sex & Health Education 

At St Edward’s CofE Primary School, we believe that social and emotional aspects of learning help to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. This is why the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at St Edward’s Primary School, uses an integrated and consistent approach, as it is an important aspect of pupils’ education.

As a school, we aim to develop a RSHE curriculum that protects, informs and nurtures all pupils. We aim to clearly differentiate between factual teaching, (biology, medicine, the law, marriage, different types of families and the composition of society), and moral teaching about relationships and values, recognising that the distinction can be easily blurred and there needs to be discernment about the manner in which this is taught within a moral, (but not moralistic), framework.

Our RSHE should ensure that children are able to cherish themselves and others as unique and wonderfully made, keep themselves safe and able to form healthy relationships where they respect and afford dignity to others. It will provide pupils with the knowledge that will enable them to navigate and contextualise a world in which many will try to tell them how to behave, what to do and what to think. It will help them to develop the skills to express their own views and make their own informed decisions. This is a responsibility that should normally be shared between parents and school and we aim to ensure our policy development and practice embraces working alongside and with parents. At St Edward’s our vision is: Life in all its fullness (John 10:10) At St Edward’s we believe the purpose of education is to enable and nurture every child to thrive and become the person they are capable of being, experiencing a full life in mind, body, heart and spirit. In order to allow children to experience Life in all its fullness, we believe they need to be taught the importance, and challenges, of making decisions about their wellbeing, their health and relationships. We want to help them make sound decisions, understanding that everyone will face challenges in their lives, knowing that our school is a safe place to explore these topics in our distinctively Christian school environment. We value the importance of children learning about difference and being tolerant of others. We want them to know how to develop resilience and to know when and how to ask for help. We know that children can live a life that is rich and full when they have healthy relationships and when they learn how to make decisions based on their beliefs, their faith and their feelings.

Relationships and Health Education is taught in all primary schools. As a school, we have decided to teach some aspects of Sex Education that are age-appropriate. This has been done before, as part of our PSHE curriculum, and has always provided a safe place for children to ask questions. As stated above, and as we have done before, this will be done alongside parents.

As a faith school, we approach our RSHE in a faith-sensitive and inclusive way. We want our children at St Edward’s to understand and appreciate differences within and across the teachings of the faith and other communities the school serves. Our policy will afford dignity and worth to the views of pupils from the faith and other communities represented in the school, as part of ensuring that the Equality Act of 2010 is applied in the school.

More information about the teaching of RSHE, our agreed teaching charter and the structure of our curriculum can be found in our RSHE Policy here 

Below, you can find information regarding the content of each unit, including the teaching resources used in Key Stage 2. 


In Reception the overarching theme for our RSHE Program is about Family and Friendship

Lesson 1- Caring Friendships

Learning Intention: To recognise the importance of friendships.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Know that friendships can make us feel happy.
  • Know some ways that we can make new friends feel welcome.

Lesson 2- Being Kind

Lesson Intention: To recognise the importance of saying sorry and forgiveness.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Know that arguing with friends and then making up can make friendships stronger.
  • That resorting to violence is never right.

Lesson 3- Families

Lesson Intention: To recognise that all families are different.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify different members of the family.
  • Understand how members of a family can help each other

Year 1

In Year 1 the overarching theme for our RSHE Program is about Growing and Caring for Ourselves...

Lesson 1- Different Friends


Learning Intention: To recognise the importance of friendships.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Know that friendships can make us feel happy.
  • Know some ways that we can make new friends feel welcome.

Lesson 2- Being Kind (2)


Learning Intention: To understand the importance of being kind.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know that it is good to be kind and not good to be unkind.
  • To know how it makes people feel when we are unkind. 

Lesson 3- People who care for me (1)

Learning Intention: To understand why families are special.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know why our families are special.
  • Know what things we can do with our family and why we do things together.

Year 2

In Year 2 the overarching theme for our RSHE Program is about Differences...

Lesson 1- Being Unique &


Learning Intention: To introduce the concept of gender stereotypes; To identify differences between males and females.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand that some people have fixed ideas about what boys and girls can do.
  • Describe the difference between male and female babies.

Lesson 2- Growing & Changing


Learning Intention: To discuss how children grow and change. Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand that babies need care and support.
  • Know that older children can do more by themselves.


Lesson 3- People who care for me (2)

Learning Intention: To explore different people who care for us.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know how our families look after us and how we can look after them.
  • Know other people that look after us and who we can go to for help (teachers, police etc.).


Year 3

In Year 3, the overarching theme for our RSHE program is 'Valuing Difference and Keeping Safe'...

Lesson 1- Taking Care of our Bodies

Learning Intention: To identify what our bodies do and how we keep them safe.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the different things our bodies do.
  • Know how to keep our body healthy and safe.


Children will begin to look at the difference between Male and Female Bodies








Year 3 Lesson 1 PPT

Lesson 2- Having Respect


Learning Intention: To know how to show others respect and why this is important.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what it means to respect someone.
  • Explore how we show others respect.


Children will explore how we may look different or believe different things. We explore respecting our differences and valuing people for who they are.






Year 3 Lesson 2 PPT

Lesson 3- Talking about Feelings

Learning Intention: To know why we feel upset and what to do if we are worried.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To know who helps us if we are upset.
  • To know what to do if we are upset or someone is upsetting us.
  • To explore why it is important to talk to people about how we feel.


In this lesson we talk about the importance of family. We remember that different family units can look different to each other


Year 3 Lesson 3 PPT

Year 4

 In Year 4, the overarching theme for our RSHE program is 'Growing Up'...

Lesson 1- Animals and Lifecycles 

Learning Intention: To explore some of the differences between males and females and to understand how this is part of the lifecycle.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe some differences between male and female animals.
  • Understand that making a new life needs a male and a female.
  • To discuss how animals look after their young.


Year 4 Lesson 1 PPT

Lesson 2- Personal Space


Learning Intention: To consider appropriate and inappropriate physical contact & consent.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand that each person’s body belongs to them.
  • Understand personal space and unwanted touch.


We remind the children of the importance of respecting other peoples personal space and what they can do if they feel worried about someones relationship with them. 

Year 4 Lesson 2 PPT

Lesson 3- Getting Help


Learning Intention: To consider what is respectful behaviour towards others.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To know what is respectful behaviour towards different people: friends, teachers and people in the community.
  • To discuss how to show respect and respond to disrespectful behaviour.
  • To know who to talk to when we feel we are not being respected.


Year 4 Lesson 3 PPT

Year 5

In Year 5, the overarching theme for our RSHE program is 'Puberty'...

Lesson 1- Personal Hygiene


Learning Intention: To understand the importance of maintaining good hygiene as our bodies begin to change.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand how to maintain a good sense of personal hygiene.
  • To discuss the importance of washing, keeping ourselves clean and using deodorant.





Year 5 Lesson 1 PPT

Lesson 2- Puberty (1)


Learning Intention: To understand what happens to our bodies during puberty.


Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand what happens to the male and female bodies during puberty.
  • To understand what menstruation is.
  • To understand that puberty happens to everyone but at different rates.




Year 5 Lesson 2 PPT

Lesson 3- Emotional Changes


Learning Intention: To understand the emotional changes that happen during puberty. 


Learning Outcomes:

  • To discuss the emotional changes that take place during puberty.
  • To discuss how we may react to our feelings and what are acceptable and unacceptable ways to react.
  • To know who to talk to if we have concerns or questions.


Year 5 Lesson 3 PPT

Year 6

In Year 6, the overarching theme for our RSHE program is 'Puberty, Relationships & Growing Up'...

Lesson 1- Puberty (2)


Learning Intention: To understand what happens to our bodies during puberty.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand what happens to the male and female bodies during puberty.
  • To describe how and why the body changes during puberty in preparation for reproduction.



Year 6 Lesson 1 PPT

Lesson 2- Reproduction


Learning Intention: To consider how our bodies change during puberty, ready for reproduction.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider different ways people might start a family.
  • Describe the decisions people make before having children (including faith-based considerations).
  • Know some basic facts about conception and pregnancy.


Year 6 Lesson 2 PPT

Lesson 3- Online Relationships


Learning Intention: To explore positive and negative ways of communication in a relationship.  


Learning Outcomes:

  • To have considered when it is appropriate to share personal/private information in a relationship.






Year 6 Lesson 3 PPT