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St Mark's C.E. Primary School

Loving God - Serving others - Flourishing together

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

St Mark's C.E Primary School home page

St Mark's C.E. Primary School

Loving God - Serving others - Flourishing together

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11


             Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education:





At St. Mark’s C.E. Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. PSHE promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. It prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Here, at St Mark’s C.E. Primary School, we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings. We seek to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme.




To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to your children’s needs. The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. This also supports the “Personal Development” and  “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC development opportunities provided for our children.   


Whole-school approach:




Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase, including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.




Puzzle (Unit)


Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding differences


Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise

Summer 1:


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change


Alongside, the Jigsaw scheme of work, we also use Trick Box to support the development of our children and to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 


At the end of each unit, teachers complete assessments of the children's understanding. 




The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life. This is reflected through pupils’ good behaviour, their positive attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.


By the time our children leave St Mark’s, they will be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. They will be on their way to becoming healthy, open-minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society appreciating difference and diversity.


They will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty and be able to understand and manage their emotions. They will be able to look after their mental health and well-being and be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future. They will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age- appropriate level, having respect for themselves and others. 


The PSHE leader monitors the impact of the curriculum through regular monitoring:  book looks, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. 


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