National Curriculum Purpose of study

Primary School, Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the national curriculum.

At Highfields Primary School, Personal, Social, Health Education is at the heart of our curriculum. It forms an integral part of our curriculum and is taught discretely for at least one hour every week.

We use and adapt 'Jigsaw' at Highfields which is a whole-school mindfulness approach to teaching PSHE and covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. It teaches PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way.

Eventhough we follow Jigsaw, we tailor our PSHE programme to reflect the needs of our children, we use our PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions

Learning is reinforced and enhanced in many ways including our termly Jigsaw assemblies, weekly PSHE lessons, our Learning Charter, daily meditation, self-reflection opportunities and our whole school SMSC assemblies.

We aim to 'live' what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations within school and the outside community.

* Please note we do not teach the puberty or conception lessons.

Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

Relationships and Health Education (RHE) is an important part of our PSHE education. Relationships education is compulsory for all primary school children. We do not teach the sex element in any shape or form which is reflected in our RHE Policy below.