Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

How PSHE is taught at Hillbourne Primary School

At Hillbourne Primary School, we follow ‘Jigsaw’, which is a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

The programme is organised into ‘pieces’: Being Me in My World; Celebrating Difference; Dreams and Goals; Healthy Me; Relationships; Changing Me. These pieces run throughout the school, covering all the elements of PSHE. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw allows us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach.

As well as ‘Jigsaw,’ at Hillbourne Primary School, we have also designed a bespoke safety curriculum to ensure that when the children leave us at the end of Year 6, they are fully equipped to deal with a range of situations safely. Our safety curriculum covers aspects such as water and beach safety due to our close proximity to the sea as well as aspects such as first aid, body safety, online safety and stranger danger. Each aspect is revisited and built on in each year group meaning that the curriculum content increases in range, depth and complexity as pupils move through the school.

Where possible, aspects within our safety curriculum are linked with the local area, visitors or with the experiences that the children have whilst at Hillbourne Primary School.

We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the curriculum offer and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

We work closely with our School Council to hear their views and opinions as we acknowledge children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.

At Hillbourne Primary School we promote a multi-faith curriculum where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community.

SMSC and philosophy in PSHE

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This is at the heart of our curriculum, and we want our children to make safe choices and develop a deep spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We actively look for links to this like for example through our safety curriculum where in Mathematics, children explore money safety and in Computing where children explore how to stay safe online.


At Hillbourne Primary School, Relationship Education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults. All teaching at Hillbourne reflects the Equality Act 2010 ensuring there is no discrimination for any pupil or family with protected characteristics.

At Hillbourne, all children are exposed to a range of different family types through explicit taught sessions but also through our everyday teaching materials. Each class will read at least one text a year as part of our English scheme of learning which represents a certain family type for example a family with two dads or a family with a dad and a step mum. These family types are also embedded through in other areas of our curriculum such as through the wording of Maths problems created by our teachers for the children to answer.

Children at Hillbourne are taught in an age-appropriate way about the characteristics and values of healthy relationships, including area such as differences, boundaries, respect, trust and kindness. Teaching focuses on both face-to-face and online relationships recognising the significance of the digital world we now embrace.

Learning is planned to meet the objectives set out in the Relationships Education, Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory Guidance 2020, under the broad headings of

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme of Jigsaw.

We want children leaving Hillbourne Primary School to be able to:-

  • Recognise, develop and maintain positive and healthy relationships with their peers, family and online.
  • Know how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations including in the water, online and in the sun.
  • Know how to keep themselves healthy through exercise and eating healthily as well as mentally too.
PSHE and Safety knowledge and skills plan overview.pdf