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Headlands Primary School | Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) Narrative 


At Headlands Primary School, PSHE and development of character through our DARE Endeavour strategy is at the heart of everything we do. We value the importance of developing our children as individuals and preparing them to thrive in their ongoing education and careers, and for a successful life in modern Britain. We see the importance of children gaining an understanding of the world they’re growing up in and learning how to live alongside and show respect for a diverse range of people.

The overarching aims of our curriculum are that children will:

     •   Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to navigate their lives now and in the future
     •   Understand how to keep healthy and safe, including how to have purposeful and reciprocal relationships
     •   Understanding the importance of valuing similarities and differences and how to recognise and manage their emotions

Underpinning all learning and woven throughout will be the British values of:

     •   Democracy
     •   Rule of Law
     •   Individual liberty
     •   Mutual respect
     •   Tolerance

We took the strategic decision to adopt the Jigsaw programme to deliver our PSHE curriculum as it builds on our already good practice, is grounded in research and follows a comprehensive and progressive coverage of key concepts. Through the implementation of this curriculum, it is intended that children are taught how to navigate their changing world and supported to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

It is our intention that:

By the end of Key Stage One Pupils will:

     •   Have a positive relationship with themselves, peers and adults within the school
     •   Demonstrate a healthy attitude towards school and learning
     •   Begin to demonstrate the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, the rule of law and liberty
     •   Know how to stay safe in their physical and digital worlds
     •   Begin to have an awareness of their own mental health and well-being
     •   Begin to develop an inclusive attitude that challenges discrimination in all of its forms
     •   Understand the changes that happen to themselves and other animals and have taken part in age appropriate RSE

By the end of Key Stage Two pupils will:

     •   Have a positive relationship with themselves and the wider school community
     •   Have developed a positive body image
     •   Demonstrate a healthy attitude towards learning and its place in their future
     •   Understand what constitutes as a healthy relationship and how to seek help if they find themselves in an unhealthy situation
     •   Have respect for themselves and others
     •   Know how to stay safe in their digital and physical world
     •   Have an inclusive attitude that actively challenges discrimination in all of its forms
     •   Have an awareness and understanding of their own mental health and wellbeing and know where to turn for help should they need it
     •   Understand change and have strategies to draw on when they need to approach changes in their lives
     •   Understand the physical aspects involved with RSE at a developmentally appropriate level


Our PSHE programme is built around six half-termly schemes of work from Jigsaw. Each unit encompasses two strands, one specific to Relationships and Health Education and the other designed to build Emotional Literacy. The curriculum is interleaved with opportunities to learn simple mindfulness tools and techniques.

Our curriculum

Our Curriculum snip

Online safety

A thread throughout the Jigsaw programme to support the teaching of online safety is ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe Online’. In addition to this, Online Behaviours and Online Safety are specifically taught and addressed each half term through Project Evolve’ resources, which cover each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety’s Framework (UKCIS): “Education for a Connected World.”

The following areas are covered through this framework:

     •   Self-Image and Identity
     •   Online Relationships
     •   Online Reputation
     •   Online Bullying
     •   Managing Online Information
     •   Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
     •   Privacy and Security
     •   Copyright and Ownership

Teaching Style

Our highly effective teaching in PSHE is developed through adopting a consistent approach and the follow up and follow through of our curriculum leaders, who monitor delivery and train and develop our teachers. Sessions are taught using a combination of quality circle time, discussion and response tasks, and key points are recorded in a class PSHE book.

PSHE content is evident in our classrooms on a daily basis, it is not constrained to timetabled sessions. In all classes, children check in for the day using a Zones of Regulation board which is followed up by the year group adults, and all year groups have access to Reflection Zones which they are trained to use in times of heightened emotion.

British Values

Children learn about the British Values through assemblies and classroom discussions. They are also covered through our PSHE, RE, History and Geography curriculum.

In PSHE, our Jigsaw and Nurture units are closely linked to the teaching of British values and more information can be found within the individual schemes of work.

At Headlands Primary School, our PSHE approach is further developed through:

     •   Our bespoke Nurture curriculum
     •   Thrive assessments, targets and small group/ 1:1 reparative emotional literacy sessions
     •   Termly e-safety lessons (National Online Safety and Project Evolve))
     •   Anti-bullying awareness
     •   NSPCC resources ‘PANTS’
     •   Liaison with outside agencies
     •   PSHE Areas in classrooms
     •   School Council
     •   Pupil Voice
     •   Our positive relationship strategy
     •   Inclusion opportunities
     •   Community links
     •   Sports Leaders
     •   Supporting local and wider world charities

Subject Documents

Title Description Download
pdf PSHE Long Term Map Download

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