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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School


St Barnabas and St Paul’s CE Primary School – PSHE Subject Statement



At St. Barnabas and St. Paul’s CE Primary School, PSHE is quietly at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. PSHE is taught across the school from Reception to Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever-changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Christian Values which underpin everything we do in school and act as a guide for how to live a good life. The values are; Hope, Trust, Compassion, Perseverance, Forgiveness and Thankfulness. We work closely with families to equip them with the skills necessary to support their children to ‘be the best for God that they can be’. When delivered well, PSHE education has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.


PSHE education also makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety, and to their emotional wellbeing. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.



With the recent review, the Government has made it compulsory to teach Relationship and Health Education in all Primary Schools. From September 2021, PSHE will be delivered using the Jigsaw Programme. This programme builds on our aim on developing the ‘whole child’ through a spiral curriculum approach to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of; Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, Changing Me. The programme provides a universal whole-school curriculum that builds social skills, grows emotional literacy, enables mental health, nurtures children’s positive relationships with themselves and others. Using the programme as a guide, teachers tailor the lesson to suit the needs of their children. Making sure they integrate personal and social development into the comprehensive Personal, Social, Health Education (Health and Well- being) curriculum. We teach the children how to deal with situations that they could be faced with. Through the discussions, we teach them how to develop resilience, to manage risks and how to ask for help and to know where to access support.


The PSHE scheme of work is tailored by the class teachers to meet the needs of all pupils from our diverse heritage background, preparing them as fully as possible for their next phase of education.  The majority of our pupils have English as an additional language and therefore, a strong focus is placed on oracy and language development.  We aim to provide exciting first-hand learning experiences and we engage with a range of external providers, ranging from health professionals to the emergency services and sports agencies. 



So, what will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:

For all children to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. To respect all individuals regardless of background. To have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. To have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. To have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others and to become well- rounded and confident individuals who impact positively on society.



It is health that is real wealth. And not pieces of gold and silver.” - Mahatma Gandhi