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PSHE & Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing


"If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces,

I think we would treat each other much more gently,

with more love, patience, tolerance and care."


Marvin J. Ashton 



At Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School we teach a weekly lesson using the Mindful Approach to teaching PSHE through JIGSAW, as part of our Pupil Well Being Curriculum.

Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw PSHE/Health and Well-being provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-11.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.


Our curriculum is based on three themes:

Pride in our Place, Aspire and Achieve and Ignite Possibilities, these themes link to the JIGSAW themes of learning. Through these themes, we educate our children to take pride in the place we live, to explore other people's achievements to help us aspire and investigate how we can make a difference in the future to the world we live in. Our PSHE curriculum enables children to express themselves and have a deeper understanding how we get on with other people, how to stay healthy, stay safe and to help us learn. Jigsaw will help us to understand and love each other as human beings and global citizens, share different cultures, look out for and help each other and have better and more positive relationships with each other. 


We follow the National Curriculum for Primary Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) beginning with EYFS, Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). A PSHE progression map from Y1-Y6
builds upon prior knowledge in a carefully sequenced curriculum and makes links
to other subject areas where possible.

Curriculum Themes 


PSHE Curriculum Overview 



Our PSHE curriculum is taught using the Great Teaching Toolkit, 2020. We endeavour to be consistent in our approach to create a supportive environment that is inclusive. We support all our pupils using adaptive teaching techniques, Voice 21 talk tactics and oracy sentence stems. We activate hard thinking through our thinking schools strategies and Q Matrix questioning to bring PSHE to life and develop a real sense of enquiry. At Our Lady Star of the Sea, we have a consistent
recipe for teaching PSHE which follows Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction.





The impact of our PSHE curriculum is measured through a variety of different strategies. Ongoing teacher assessment is used throughout lessons to inform teaching. Retrieval practice is used throughout each lesson to address gaps in pupils’ knowledge before moving on. This is done through using cumulative quiz questions in each unit that builds through the sequence of learning. Children also use vocabulary front covers to continually look back and reflect on previous learning, allowing them to remember more core vocabulary from the lessons. Children’s learning is monitored by regular book scrutiny by the PSHE Subject Leader in which constructive feedback is given to staff for future planning.  PSHE is also monitored through learning walks and pupil voice.
All of this is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision. 
At Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, staff work closely together as a team to ensure children receive the best PSHE curriculum to allow them to develop a love of learning and skills set to reflect and become kind and caring citizens.

Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

The statutory requirements for Physical Health and Mental well-being are that pupils should be taught about:

  • Mental well-being
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical Health and Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Health Prevention
  • Basic First Aid
  • Changing Adolescent Body