Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

Priory School was an early adopter of the new RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) curriculum. The aims and content of our PSHE programme of study has been fully cross-referenced with the content of the RSHE framework. The Department of Education produced a RSHE guide for parents which you may find useful:

At the Priory School, we use a resource called Jigsaw.


To provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

PSHE at the Priory School will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour.

Our core themes of intent are:

  • To educate children so that they understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and adopt healthy practices and attitudes (Head, Heart and Body Smart). This includes understanding body changes. 
  • To promote a school culture and environment that has health and emotional well-being at its heart.
  • To equip children in skills of becoming active citizens and global neighbours (Citizenship) and to guide them in becoming independent, confident and resilient members of society.
  • To encourage children to celebrate difference by valuing individuality in others and themselves in order to form healthy relationships and work with others. 


Jigsaw Content: 

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase, as the table below shows:

TermPuzzle nameContent
Autumn 1:Being Me in My WorldIncludes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters
Autumn 2:Celebrating DifferenceIncludes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
Spring 1:Dreams and GoalsIncludes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events
Spring 2:Healthy MeIncludes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
Summer 1:RelationshipsIncludes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills
Summer 2:Changing MeIncludes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change

Heartsmart Content: 

Heartsmart covers areas of PSHE for the primary phase, as the table below shows:

TermPuzzle nameContent
Autumn 1:Get HeartsmartIntroducing Heartsmart and High 5 (5 half term objectives). What we put into our hearts will affect what we put our hearts into. 
Autumn 2:Don’t Forget To Let Love InUnderstanding that we are all unique and that we are all loved. If we don’t love ourselves it’s hard to love others.
Spring 1:Too Much Selfie Isn’t Healthy.Loving others. It’s not all about me, it’s about we. Learning that it’s better to give than to get. 
Spring 2:Don’t Rub it in, Rub It Out.We can encounter hurt and disappointment from others when we open ourselves up to the world but we have the choice to get even(rub it in) or forgive (rub it out).
Summer 1:Fake Is a MistakeChoosing to tell the truth is a powerful way of showing love to ourselves and to others. Understanding that even small like impact our trustworthiness.
Summer 2:No Way Through Isn’t True.Just because you found something difficult in the past doesn’t mean that it is impossible today. No matter what problems you face there is always a solution.


Positive, healthy relationships at the Priory School