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PSHCE at Gade Valley Primary School

PSHCE Subject Leader: Mrs Steadman


Curriculum Aims:

Gade Valley strives to:

  • Ensure all pupils are provided with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
  • Ensure all pupils value themselves, have sense of purpose, form positive relationships and be an active participant in their own learning.
  • Ensure all pupils are provided with opportunities to talk about how they feel and understand their feelings, within a safe and secure environment and without judgement. 


How we teach PSHCE:

At Gade Valley, PSHCE is taught using the Jigsaw approach. As a school, we chose to use the scheme as a framework for delivering high quality learning opportunities. The framework is broken down into half-termly puzzles which ensure all areas of PSHCE for the primary phase are covered. Our PSHCE Curriculum is carefully sequenced to demonstrate progression through all year groups. Each puzzle has clear assessment criteria, which all teachers follow. This enables teachers to ensure the majority of their class are achieving age-related expectations. 


All PSHCE lessons include the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning. This ensures all teachers are mindful of pupils learning styles, provide effective challenge for all pupils (ensuring all their individual needs are being met) and good learning behaviours are displayed. Each Key Stage work on the same Jigsaw theme at the same time, this enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and pupils alike. Teachers are then able to teach the lessons either through weekly lessons or in a focused block of lessons. Throughout the year, pupils are given opportunities to demonstrate the skills they have learnt through special PSHCE days. In the autumn term, they are encouraged to provide gifts for families that are less fortunate than they are in their local community as well as communities around the world.


In the Early Years, PSHCE lessons are taught through all areas of learning. Both Nursery and Reception classes have daily circle-time to develop social and emotional skills. Through child-initiated-learning, pupils are provided with opportunities to further develop these skills.


Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Statutory Relationships and Health Education is included within our whole-school Jigsaw PSHCE Programme.  At Gade Valley, we value PSHCE as one way to support pupil’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. Effective SRE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships.  In addition, it provides opportunities for pupils to understand the difference between safe and abusive relationships and equips them with the skills to get help if they need it. 


As a school, SRE is taught through Jigsaw's ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle which provides teaching and learning intentions for each year group. To ensure progression, we use Jigsaw and tailor it to our pupil’s needs. The mapping document: Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education, shows exactly how Jigsaw and therefore our school, meets the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements. This programme’s complimentary update policy ensures we are always using the most up to date teaching materials and that our teachers are well-supported.
The Jigsaw Programme is aligned to the PSHE Association Programmes of Study for PSHE.


Drug and Alcohol Education

The Drug and Alcohol Education programme at our school reflects the school ethos and demonstrates and encourages the following values. For example:

  • Respect for self
  • Respect for others
  • Responsibility for their own actions
  • Responsibility for their family, friends, schools and wider community


Key Developments and Information for 2021/22

Up to May 2022, the following measurable impact includes:

  • In the 2020/21 academic year, the large majority of pupils achieved age related expectations or above.
  • Pupil voice (in Key Stage 1 and 2) says that most pupils:
    • enjoy learning in PSHCE
    • feel that teachers encourage them to participate in lessons.
    • know when they have achieved the learning expectations.
    • they prefer the instant feedback given throughout the lesson as this helps them to identify what they have done well and what they need to improve on.
    • enjoy the practical side to the learning and how it links to other subjects.
  • In May 2022, the whole school participated in a Kindness week.
  • In March 2022, the whole school participated in a charity day with the proceeds sent to the Disaster Emergency Commitee.
  • In the autumn term 2021, whole school participated in Harvest Festival where items are collected and given to DENs - a local charity for the homeless.
  • In the current academic year, whole school will be completing an e-safety week.
  • In the Autumn term 2021, each class participated in a Growth Mindset day, featuring Doodlebug.
  • In the autumn term 2021, Year 6 visited the local residential care home for the elderly.
  • From March 2020 till July 2020, during lockdown all pupil could access Mindful activities from the Home Learning page.
  • From March 2020 till July 2020, during lockdown all teachers provided activities for the pupil to complete to help understand what was happening around them due to Covid19. Examples: Making a card for a member of your family, Making a picture to say thank you to the NHS. 


To see our learning in PSHCE, please visit the PSHCE page on the 'Curriculum Blogs' section.

PSHCE Curriculum Overview

PSHCE Skills and Knowledge Progression