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Paston Ridings 
Primary School


Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) helps children to create and develop positive and respectful relationships with their peers.  At Paston Ridings, we strive for all of our pupils to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.  Our aim is for them to become informed, active and responsible citizens - learning effectively and performing in a socially acceptable way. 


In school, children participate in PSHE lessons taken from the Jigsaw programme.  Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for all year groups.  It is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.  

Each year group concentrates on six jigsaw pieces which all have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience, mindfulness and nurturing their mental and physical health. 

The jigsaw pieces are:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me


Relationships and Sex Education 

As part of the PHSE programme that the School offers, the Governors have decided that Relationships and Sex Education will form part of the School’s curriculum. Before the lessons commence in Year five and six, in the Summer Term, parents will be invited to review materials intended for use in these lessons. The use of outside speakers will be confined to the School Nurse and a teacher will always be present for these lessons. Parents may withdraw their children from all, or part of the relationships and sex education programme by informing the Headteacher in writing, although it is a requirement of the National Curriculum in Science for all pupils to be taught about human development and reproduction.

The Relationship and Sex Education portion of the PSHE curriculum is incorporated into the teaching of each year group, at an appropriate level, relating well to our already embedded Jigsaw scheme, and navigates the key topics of:

  • Family and Relationships
  • Safety and the changing body
  • Health and well-being
  • Citizenship
  • Economic well-being
  • Identity


Post Covid-19 Lockdown PSHE

At Paston Ridings Primary School, we recognise that the current pandemic and way in which we now have to lead our lives, can prove challenging for adults and children alike. In September when the children return to school, we delivered a PSHE-based recovery curriculum to support our children’s reintegration into full time learning and to support their well-being.

'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth', is a book by a popular author called Oliver Jeffers. The text explores our wonderful world. The key objectives we concentrated on included:

  • Coming together as a class and community
  • Communicating our own lives
  • Our planet and environment
  • How to care for ourselves and others
  • Broadening our understanding of the world
  • How to navigate the world
  • Finding our place in the world