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Highnam Church Of England Primary Academy

01452 525872

Wetherleigh Drive, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8LW

Inspiring Everyone to Shine



PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide the children at Highnam with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community, preparing them for opportunities and responsibilities in the future.


At Highnam, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice; it is every staff member’s responsibility to do this by being a role model and having high expectations of Highnam pupils. All staff should actively promote growth mindset and ‘gem powers’, and celebrate these with the children.  


The PSHE curriculum is delivered through the Jigsaw scheme. This will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively and work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals

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

Autumn 1

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying and diversity work

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations and resilience building

Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices (on and off line)

Summer 1


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at and managing change


At Highnam, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class. 

PSHE is an important part of collective worship where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.



We want our children to become positive, confident citizens in a forever-changing society, showing awareness and respect for others and themselves.