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Wellbeing and PSHE

PSHE Curriculum Intent Statement 

Marlborough St Mary's is committed to providing an outstanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to our pupils. Our intent is to deliver a high-quality curriculum that enables pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to manage their lives now and in the future, become active citizens within their community, and make a positive contribution to society. Our PSHE education programme is designed to ensure that all pupils receive a developmental, age-appropriate, and holistic curriculum. We strive to ensure that every pupil is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and understanding that they need to thrive, including promoting their mental and physical wellbeing, developing positive relationships, and equipping them for the challenges of the wider world. 

Curriculum Implementation : 

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education.  

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.  

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. 

Children’s knowledge is both embedded and deepened year after year through a well thought out curriculum delivered in through engaging and practical lessons, which include the reading of various life experiences that they may encounter and discussions of such subjects.


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. The Jigsaw Charter is established. 

Autumn 2: 

Celebrating Difference 

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

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.


At Marlborough St Mary’s School we allocate 45 minutes to 1 hour to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way.  

These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways:  

Assemblies and collective worship, praise and reward system, Learning Charter, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community.

Class teachers deliver the weekly lessons to their own classes using a range of resources which encourages reading of specific thought provoking texts and taking part in many thoughtful discussions.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships Education in primary schools will cover ‘Families and people who care for me’, ‘Caring friendships’, ‘Respectful relationships’, ‘Online relationships’, and ‘Being safe’. 

It is important to explain that whilst the Relationships Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Relationships Education, some of the outcomes are also taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. the Celebrating Difference Puzzle helps children appreciate that there are many types of family composition and that each is important to the children involved. This holistic approach ensures the learning is reinforced through the year and across the curriculum. Teachers will draw upon prior knowledge learnt from previous experiences and lessons taught throughout all year groups.

Parents should also be aware that the Church of England states in “Valuing All God’s Children”, 2019, that Relationships and Sex education should: “Make it clear that relationships and sex education is designed to prepare all pupils for the future, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. RSE must promote gender equality and LGBT equality and it must challenge discrimination. RSE must take the needs and experiences of LGBT people into account and it should seek to develop understanding that there are a variety of relationships and family patterns in the modern world.”


Here, at Marlborough St Mary’s School we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, 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 deliver an outstanding PSHE programme that enables our children to achieve the school vision.  PSHE and RSE is underpinned by a clear intent, well-designed curriculum, and effective implementation that produces impressive outcomes for our pupils. Our whole-school approach ensures that PSHE remains at the forefront of our school's agenda, and we continue to strive to improve our provision based on ongoing evaluation and feedback from our pupils, parents, and stakeholders.