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Didsbury CE School

Didsbury CE School

Personal Social Health Education - PSHE

The PSHE curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

At DCE, we want our PSHE curriculum to support pupils in being able to:

  • develop self-confidence, self –esteem and resilience;
  • develop good relationships;
  • have respect for others and show sensitivity towards them;
  • feel a sense of belonging;
  • be thoughtful and responsible members of their school and community;
  • become active members of our democratic society;
  • have the knowledge of how to maintain physical, mental and emotional wellbeing;
  • make informed choices regarding personal and social issues;
  • recognise signs and symptoms of good and poor health in the above areas, both in themselves and in others;
  • have the knowledge to enable them to help themselves and others when things go wrong in any of the above areas;
  • understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle.


Throughout the school (N-Y6) we follow the Jigsaw scheme of learning which brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. The creation of Jigsaw is motivated by the genuine belief that if attention is paid to supporting children’s personal development in a structured and developmentally-appropriate way, this will not only improve their capacity to learn (across the curriculum) but will ultimately improve their life chances.

Implementation – how we teach what we teach

We believe it is important to establish a safe learning environment. We will create a safe and supportive learning environment by creating a ‘Class Charter’ at the beginning of the year (referring to it each half term) which all pupils in each class agree on. We will ensure that where pupils indicate that they may be vulnerable and at risk, they will get appropriate support by following our Mental Health and Well-Being Identification Procedure (please see the Mental Health and Well-Being Policy).  The Jigsaw Friends (soft toys in the shape of jigsaw pieces) are used in the main as the ‘talking object’ in circle discussions.

The lessons are designed with the child in mind, as though they are asking the teacher to:

• Improve their social skills to better enable collaborative learning (Connect us)

• Prepare them for learning (Calm me)

• Help the brain to focus on specific learning intentions (Open my mind)

• Initiate new learning (Tell me or show me)

• Facilitate learning activities to reinforce the new learning (Let me learn)

• Support them in reflecting on their learning and personal development (Help me reflect)


Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of our PSHE curriculum is that pupils will feel confident that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.  In PSHE we take a more collaborative approach to assessment with both pupils and teachers completing an assessment overview sheet at the end of each half-termly theme. The personal nature of PSHE means that it is important pupils have regular opportunities to reflect on and identify what they have learned, what needs to be learned next and what they need to do to continue their learning. The teacher will then contribute their guidance of what the pupil’s successes are and what they should try to work on next half term.

The final teacher’s assessment of PSHE is reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.