Old Sarum Primary School

PSHE at Old Sarum Primary


At Old Sarum Primary school we have a comprehensive PSHE and SRE curriculum which responds to the needs of our children and the wider community. This ensures all children receive a broad, high quality, age appropriate and relevant PSHE curriculum inclusive of all statutory content, including Sex and Relationships Education and a positive mental health focus from Year R to Year 6. The PSHE curriculum plays a pivotal role in supporting personal growth, encouraging the development of resilience, self -awareness, tolerance, empathy and independence.

How it is taught and why

PSHE is taught weekly as part of a spiral curriculum revisiting key concepts and understanding over time-promoting positive and successful citizenship, helping to prepare our children for their next steps in the wider world. Our PSHE curriculum is designed to proactively safeguard, empower and protect our children, to prepare them for the many situations, issues or dilemma’s they may encounter in the wider community. We value pupil voice and feedback, using this to inform our future teaching and learning. This in turn helps us to continue to respond to an ever evolving world.

We use ‘Jigsaw’ to support our PHSE curriculum- designed as a comprehensive whole-child, school wide approach, rooted in mindfulness practice, Jigsaw PSHE ensures consistency across the school and supports delivery of high-quality lessons. 

Developed by teachers and wellbeing experts, the Jigsaw scheme provides children with the opportunities to develop their emotional intelligence and life skills. However, our teachers also use ‘in the moment’ opportunities, circle time sessions and class assemblies to address any current or relevant issues within our school and wider community that may need further exploring.

Our aim is that all children know about and learn about (in an age-appropriate way)

  • Families and the people who care for them.
  • What a caring relationship looks like.
  • What is a a respectful relationship is
  • How to be safe at home, school and online.
  • How to support and recognise their own mental well-being.
  • The importance of physical health and fitness through healthy eating.
  • The risks of drugs alcohol and tobacco.
  • The importance of health, prevention, and the use of first aid
  • How our bodies change and changes in puberty.