PSHE (Including RSHE) and Wellbeing - Marner Primary School

What does PSHE look like at at Heckmondwike Primary?

At Heckmondwike Primary School the purpose of our PSHE curriculum is to embed the National Learning Outcomes for PHSE into an already rich and vibrant curriculum, which is accessible to all and that will maximise the learning outcomes for every child. It is our intention that our children will know more, remember more and understand more and as a result of this they, will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially.

In order to do this, we use the JIGSAW scheme of work which is a whole-school approach to teaching. It brings together PSHE education, compulsory Relationships and Health education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 

The teaching of PSHE at Heckmondwike Primary will give our children the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are a part of growing up. We aim to provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society. Our children will be encouraged to develop in their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life, the wider community and eventually, later life.

Like many children of primary school age, it is essential that the children of Heckmondwike Primary School are taught about how to manage their emotions and deal with friendship issues and conflicts in a calm and respectful way. Many of our children frequently engage in online gaming. Through robust PSHE lessons, in conjunction with on-line safety lessons, we ensure our children remain as safe as possible when on line. Learning about health and fitness is another priority area for the children at Heckmondwike Primary School. The JIGSAW scheme allows us to teach well-structured and informative lessons about physical fitness, healthy eating and positive mental health and emotional well-being. We are extremely pleased that the majority of our parents have very high aspirations for our children. Through carefully planned and well-structured PSHE lessons, we develop a clear sense of belief and self-worth in children and inspire them to set goals and aspirations for themselves.

These are just a few examples of how the teaching of PSHE at Heckmondwike Primary School helps to build on children’s capacity for learning as well as equiping them with an extensive list of life skills.

Please click on the various links below, which provide more details about the structure, organisation and specific subject content of the lessons.

There is also a link for our RSHE Policy and the policy consultation with parents.

Jigsaw Overview: EYFS to Year 3
Jigsaw Overview: Year 4 to Year 6

PSHE Schemes of Work - Jigsaw.

Autumn Term 1

During the first half of the Autumn Term, our PSHE focus in school will be Being Me In My World. This unit covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.

Autumn Term 2

During the first half of the Autumn Term, our PSHE focus in school will be Celebrating Difference. This unit focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this Puzzle.

Spring Term 1

During the first half of the Spring Term, our PSHE focus in school will be Dreams and Goals. This is one of the units from the Jigsaw scheme which we now use to deliver PSHE, including the statutory elements of the RSHE curriculum. Children in all year groups will be learning about: the importance of a positive attitude; how to stay motivated when facing challenges; working well as part of a group and how and why it's important to work hard to achieve our goals and to help others achieve theirs.

Spring Term 2

During the second half of the Spring term, our PSHE focus in school will be Healthy Me. Children will be looking at the things we can do to ensure we are healthy and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes both physical health and mental health. They will be learning about what makes up a balanced diet and how and when to exercise. Children will learn about personal hygiene and the importance of looking after our teeth and visiting the dentist. They will also learn about some of the things which are bad for our healthy, such as smoking and the harmful effects it has on our bodies. Older children will be learning a little bit about different drugs including those which are prescribed by a doctor and are good for us, and those which are illegal which can harm our bodies. 

Summer Term 1

During the first half of the Summer term, our PSHE focus in school will be Relationships.  This starts with building a respectful relationship with oneself and covers topics including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this topic is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking. Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes.

We hope you find time to look through the resources below and perhaps discuss some of it with your child as necessary. It goes without saying, we are always here on hand to provide extra resources and offer any advice you may need and answer any questions you may have.


Mr S Mark


Knowledge Organisers

Please click on the links below to see what new learning will be taking place each half term. Often there will be new skills which children will develop, along with key vocabulary. There will often be questions which we will use to get children thinking and carrying out discussions. We will also use these to gauge childrens' understanding and their aquisition of new knowledge.

Autumn 1:

Autumn 2:          Year 1

PSHE curriculum on Balance

At Heckmondwike Primary School we use a school improvement toolkit called Perspective Balance, where the curriculum content for every subject is kept. Please click here to see the PSHE curriculum in Balance.

Y5/6 Puberty - Changing Me 

At HPS we are not teaching sex education and so we will not be teaching the Jigsaw Changing Me unit as part of our PSHE curriculum. However, we have created links below to the Jigsaw lesson material, just in case you feel it's appropriate to cover some of it with your child. This is totally at your discretion. 

We have also provided links to the resources which we will be using for the puberty lessons with Y5&6 girls and Y6 boys to take place . These will take place  in the Summer Term (dates TBC), but you have the right to withdraw your child from these lessons if you so wish. We will only be covering the physical changes which take place in boys and girls (including menstruation). We will not be covering anything around sexual intercourse or making babies, even though the puberty pdf booklet contains a section on this. 

RSHE Consultation

In February 2021 we carried out a consultation opportunity for parents to look at the new RSHE curriculum and policy to gather their views before the implementation of our new RSHE policy from April 2021. Please click on the link below for further details, including the outcome of the consultation.

RSHE Consultation