PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education. It is taught in primary schools for several important reasons: 

  • PSHE aims to promote the holistic development of our personal, social, and emotional well-being. It helps children develop the skills and attitudes needed to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.  

  • Children learn valuable social skills, such as communication, empathy, teamwork, and conflict resolution. These skills are essential for building positive relationships with peers, teachers, and others in the community.

  • Health education, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It helps children develop healthy habits and make informed choices regarding their physical well-being. 

  • Safeguarding addresses issues related to personal safety, including road safety, online safety, and awareness of potential risks. Teaching children about safety is crucial for their protection and well-being. 

  • Promoting values such as respect, tolerance, and understanding of diversity. It helps children develop a sense of empathy and appreciation for differences in cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. 

  • Understanding of bullying which includes anti-bullying initiatives, teaching children about the negative effects of bullying and promoting a positive and inclusive school environment. As well as equipping children with ‘what to do’ if they witness bullying taking place. 

Introducing age-appropriate relationship education, helping children understand and navigate relationships with family, friends, and others. It includes discussions about consent, respect, and healthy boundaries. These themes are taught through our Jigsaw programme. 



‘Jigsaw’ is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same ‘themed’ puzzle piece at the same time. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

PSHE is taught weekly and accessing the Jigsaw scheme allows consistency across the whole school. The themes of Being Me, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. 

See below for overview:

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught through Changing Me and Relationships. We believe that knowledge empowers and protects children as long as it is age-appropriate. At secondary school Sex Education is statutory and we believe that primary schools should prepare children with accurate knowledge about puberty and human reproduction before they transfer to secondary school. Correct terminology for body parts is introduced early to normalise this biological vocabulary and to support safeguarding. These words are not used in isolation but always in conjunction, ensuring children know these are private parts of their bodies safeguarding them for the future. Parents are able to withdraw their children from some SRE specific lessons.  This is communicated to parents through a forum in the Summer Term. 







By the time children leave us they will: 

  • demonstrate the school values of kindness, respect, responsibility, honesty and fairness 

  • have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere  

  • have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships 

  • have confidence in how to stay safe on the internet and social media

  • have positive relationships with their peers and adults in and out of school

  • have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society

  • know where to go and who to ask with questions/problems related to sexual health

  • have learnt about challenges they will/may face as they grow older and how to deal with these

  • be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain

  • be more aware of their own emotional and physical health, able to identify their own emotions and learn strategies to deal with them

What does PSHE look like in Early Years?

PSHE focuses are taught through story time, and a whole class discussion. Teachers gain knowledge of the children’s understanding within the topic and base an CIL activity around that. For example; personal care; the importance of brushing our teeth - started with a story ‘Why should I Brush my Teeth’. Then the children had an opportunity to explore the importance of this within a class circle time, and then develop it more by practising cleaning teeth in their CIL. 


How are SEND children supported with PSHE?

Supporting children with SEND within the PSHE Jigsaw Scheme involves adapting the curriculum, providing additional resources, and employing specific teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of these students.  These include: adapting the task, visual resources, multisensory learning (such as hands-on activities, roleplays, interactive games), collaboration and support from our Learning Support Practitioners.  By implementing these strategies and fostering a supportive learning environment, educators can effectively support SEND students in their PSHE education within the framework of the Jigsaw Scheme.



At Ascot Road we:

  • embed cross curricular links to PSHE in our themed projects 

  • offer workshops to our Year 6 children in Mental Health and Wellbeing, with the support of Watford FC.

  • hold weekly 'Values' assemblies

  • display 'Zones of Regulation' in all classrooms to support our children to manage their feelings and wellbeing.

  • Support within the environment including recycling projects and supporting the local care home.