Personal, Social & Health Education(PSHE)

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.                                                                                                                                                                  Luke 6:31

                                                    PSHE at St James Church of England Primary School

The PSHE curriculum at St James aims to develop pupil’s self-worth and self-belief and in doing so create happy, healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We aim through lessons to provide opportunities for pupils to share and discuss moral, social and cultural issues that are a part of growing up. This in turn supports pupil’s ability to thrive as individuals, members of our school community, family members and members of a diverse society.

At St James, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to support our children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.  As a school, we have tailored the Jigsaw Programme to work alongside the school’s themed weeks and days. This offers the pupils a comprehensive, carefully thought-through programme, which intends to bring consistency and progression to PSHE across the school.

The school as a whole engages in one theme at a time across all year groups, with six themes over the course of a year, one per half-term. Each unit is launched with an assembly and has a specific focus:

  1. Being Me in My World
  2. Celebrating Difference
  3. Dreams and Goals
  4. Healthy Me
  5. Relationships
  6. Changing Me


Pupils are taught by their class teacher in weekly sessions and enjoy a variety of lessons involving individual, paired and whole class activities and discussions. Due to the sometimes sensitive nature of PSHE, classes have a learning charter to support these sessions. This is created by the class teacher alongside their pupils.  

During the year, there are themed weeks and days, which are in addition to assemblies run by staff and pupils to support the children’s learning and ensure that all aspects of the PSHE curriculum are evident.

Additional support is also provided by school mentors, a programme run by the school nurse and the senior leadership team thus cementing the whole school approach.

PSHE within our school curriculum plays a vital role in enabling our pupils to stay healthy and safe, while preparing to make the most of life. We aim to ensure our curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and enables all pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.