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  2. Our Curriculum
  3. PSHE & SRE

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Relationships & Sex Education

Subject Co-ordinators:  Mrs R Propokowicz & Mrs E Frame

Link Governor: Mrs Basterra


Our five key drivers underpin our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Relationships and Sex Education curriculum:

Enriched vocabulary

“Sticky” knowledge

Creative and critical thinking



 At Coldean Primary School, PSHE education is a central part of the curriculum as it equips our children with essential skills for life; it intends to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, children learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them.

Designed to reflect our community, we deliver a combination of the Jigsaw PSHE/Health and Well-being scheme and the Local Authority’s scheme of work within a cohesive, whole-school approach.

It is sequenced through a spiral approach of six key themes throughout the year and reflects our local context being anchored in the ethos of our school community and contributing to our school’s Golden Values of Kindness, Resilience, Trust and Pride.

It is intrinsic to the development of understanding for staff and pupils to be equipped to engage in the restorative approach that is the core of our behaviour management policy. 

Our whole-school approach engenders a sense of belonging and community that values every individual, for example, praising one attitude or behaviour each week and bringing the whole school together for Jigsaw assemblies and to sing the Jigsaw songs. The practice of mindfulness/yoga allows our children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. 

The Jigsaw Scheme and Local Authority’s Scheme of Work are fully in line with the Learning Outcomes and Core Themes provided by the PSHE Association Programme of Study which is widely used by schools in England and is recommended and referred to by the DfE in all key documentation relating to PSHE provision in schools.

Our scheme of work covers all of the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.


PSHE at Coldean Primary School is taught through a progressive scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

Clearly defined learning objectives are identified as evidenced in the curriculum documents above. These include specific Relationships and Sex Education learning objectives. Successive years build on key knowledge, skills and understanding. Finer detail of the precise knowledge, skills and understanding through the school is captured on our PSHE Progression Map with its clearly defined endpoints for each year group.

Lessons in our scheme of work have their foundations in seeing each and everybody’s value in society, from appreciation of others in units such as Celebrating Difference, to promoting strong and positive views of self in Being Me in my World. Each unit/puzzle aims to cover a wide range of the social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling children to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident members of their community.

Our curriculum consists of six half-term units of work/puzzles, each containing six lessons/ pieces covering each academic year.

  • Term 1: Being Me in My World
  • Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
  • Term 3: Dreams and Goals
  • Term 4: Healthy Me
  • Term 5: Relationships
  • Term 6: Brighton and Hove - Changing Me (including Sex Education)

Lesson content is taught by the class teacher and reinforced in whole-school/year group assemblies. Key values and attitudes are modelled by staff and reinforced in everyday interactions with colleagues and children alike.

Teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of the need for differentiation. Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).

Each lesson is built upon our Charter which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson. Learning objectives are specific to Relationships and Health Education and to developing emotional literacy and social skills. Units are launched with a whole-school assembly containing a song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.

Our Jigsaw lessons are split into six parts to allow opportunities for connection and mindfulness and to ensure the learning follows the optimum progression: Connect us, Calm me, Open my mind, Tell me or show me, Let me learn, Help me reflect, Closure

Inclusivity is a key part of our PSHE philosophy. Teachers have the freedom to plan with detail and attention to their individual children. Learners can be scaffolded, and any individual needs can be supported where necessary. Creative learning activities allow children to choose the media with which they work. Greater depth children are challenged to ensure that they are being given the opportunities to enrich their learning further.

Our PSHE curriculum is delivered by well-trained teachers with good knowledge of the subject. Teachers present the subject matter clearly, promoting appropriate discussion. They check understanding, identify misconceptions and provide clear feedback to pupils.

At Coldean we recognise the skills and expertise needed to deliver PSHE education safely and in a way that does not harm. Staff training needs are addressed by whole school INSET days, or shorter training sessions as well as opportunities for the co-ordinator and others to access local authority and national network meetings, training days, conferences and workshops. 

The clear learning objectives for each lesson allow the teacher to be mindful of the assessment elements within that session that can formatively help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons. Children are also given the opportunity to self-assess.

Through evidence informed conversations with children and their journals during Pupil Book Study, as well as our everyday observations, we can see how well the content is understood and applied.


Our PSHE scheme of work supports the active development of a school culture that prioritises physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing children with skills to evaluate and understand their own wellbeing needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them. 

It ensures that individual children leave Coldean:

  • With self-confidence, high levels of self-esteem and pride in who they are
  • With positive, respectful and healthy relationships with their peers and others
  • Resilient to the social and emotional barriers they may face
  • Able to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings using a wide range of appropriate vocabulary
  • Knowing when and how to seek the support of others
  • Able to apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday interactions from the classroom to the wider community and the society of which they are part.
  • Able to recognise and apply British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.