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At St Wilfrid’s we believe that PSHE plays a vital part in primary education, it is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

Through our PSHE curriculum, pupils will increase their awareness of themselves, their contributions, their rights, their impact on others and the diverse world in which they live. Children will develop a deep understanding of their emotions, how to effectively manage these and how to empathise with others.  They will understand the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, responsible lives and develop the self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and understanding of risk to make informed choices and decisions. They will adopt responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle and receive an effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programme which meets all of their needs.

Through active learning opportunities, we aim for children to learn to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours, and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities now and in the future.


All children engage in a weekly PSHE lesson but the content and learning permeates their daily school experience throughout their time at St Wilfrid’s. We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children and 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.

Jigsaw promotes the mindful approach to PSHE, which brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Its philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others. Lessons focus on children’s needs and building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Children are always encouraged to reflect deeply on topics covered, to share thoughts/ideas/feelings, to listen to those of others and to challenge thinking. Reflections and recordings are made in their PSHE journals.

Health Education in Jigsaw embraces not only physical health but has a strong focus on mental health and emotional literacy throughout, and empowers children to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings and know how to manage and regulate these by using a range of techniques.

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World

Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference

Spring 3: Dreams and Goals

Spring 4: Healthy Me

Spring 5: Relationships

Spring 6: Changing Me (including RSE Education)

As well as being a planned part of the curriculum, PSHE is also reflected in whole school activities and experiences and is an important part of school worships where pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.


The skills our children have learnt via the planned curriculum at St Wilfrid’s will support them in real-life situations and with their navigation through modern life. They will be confident when expressing their own views, be able to disagree respectfully and to consider the validity of the opinions of those around them and the information they receive in the media and online. They will have a secure knowledge of how to make and maintain positive relationships, will respect each other’s differences and can articulate what makes them unique. They will be courageous advocates for equity and human rights and will feel a sense of responsibility for those around them and the environment. They will know how to keep themselves healthy and safe and have strategies for avoiding unhealthy pressure from others. They will have an appropriate knowledge of relationships and the way their bodies are changing, enabling them to mature with confidence and understanding.

Children will be motivated to make a positive contribution, strive for personal success and will be on their way to becoming respectful, responsible and active members of society.

Our PSHE Documents

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