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PSHE Curriculum Information


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives - both now and in the future.  Here at Our Lady’s, we use the Jigsaw scheme to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Lessons start in the Early Years and are progressively built upon, right through the school into Y6.  The Jigsaw scheme places children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value who they are and how they fit in and contribute to the world.

  • Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Reception through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

  • SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout.

  • Jigsaw contributes to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.


Children are actively encouraged to apply the skills and knowledge from PSHE throughout the Caritas in Action work and by demonstrating our school values:

​​Faithful         ​Positive       ​  Safe

​Nurturing          ​Forgiving          ​Fair

​Respectful             ​Honest


Here at Our Lady’s, we are a nurturing school and so PSHE consistently underpins learning alongside the Catholic values, across the school. The six nurturing principles outlined below underpin the environment that we create at Our Lady’s for children to feel safe and comfortable enough to discuss topics within PSHE.


  1. Children's learning is understood developmentally

  2. The classroom offers a safe base

  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

  4. Language as a vital means of communication

  5. All behaviour is communication

  6. The importance of transition in children's lives



What is SRE?

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is lifelong learning about physical, moral, social and emotional development. It is the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.

Aims of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE):

  • To encourage pupils’ growth in self-respect, acknowledging we are all created in the image and likeness of God


  • To help pupils develop an understanding that love is the central basis of relationships


  • To help pupils to understand the nature of relationships and to encourage them to reflect on their own relationships and respect differences between people.


  • To develop pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.


  • To help pupils acquire the skills necessary to develop and sustain relationships


  • To offer sex education in the wider context of relationships.


  • To ensure that pupils protect themselves and ask for help and support when needed.


  • To ensure that pupils are prepared for puberty.


  • To help pupils to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle.


  • To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens and to understand the Catholic vision of what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom/reign of God.



Our Mission Statement places these aims and beliefs at the centre of all we hope to achieve…

“Learning and loving together, we grow with Jesus”

At Our Lady’s, we educate our children with Christ at the centre, and thus all that we teach is focussed upon Catholic values and morals. We recognise each of our pupils as unique individuals, created in the image and likeness of God, and our curriculum reflects the Gospel values of our faith. Therefore, SRE is taught in the context of Christian relationships and virtues delivered through the ‘A Journey in Love’ scheme recommended by Salford Diocese.  It is the school’s policy that the scheme is delivered from EYFS to Year 6 over a period of one week during the Summer Term. School staff are responsible for the delivery of the scheme; material is strictly year group specific.  External agencies and healthcare professionals may also have an input, although always in line with our school ethos and the Church’s teaching.

An aspect of the mystery of love is taught in each year group; children are encouraged to marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creative love. This is reflected through a series of progressive and developmental tasks, activities and reflections which focus on physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

The following themes are studied in each year group:

  • Nursery- Wonder at Gods’ Love

  • Reception- God loves each of us in our uniqueness

  • Year 1 –We meet God’s Love in our family

  • Year 2 –We meet God’s Love in the Community

  • Year 3- How we live in Love

  • Year 4 – God Loves us in our differences

  • Year 5 –God loves me in my changing and development

  • Year 6- The wonder of God’s love in creating new life


SRE promotes children’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. It helps them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school and in the community.


There are a number of documents that provide further information on this subject or are relevant to particular year groups. Click on the relevant title to open the document.


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