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Willow Bank Junior School




At Willow Bank Junior school, PSHE is embedded into our daily practice in all areas of school life and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society.

We aim to ensure that children are prepared for the opportunities, challenges, responsibilities and experiences they will face growing up in an ever-changing world by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.




Pupils are taught PSHE through the Jigsaw programme which 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.’


PSHE is taught across the school on a weekly basis as a discrete subject while also being woven into all aspects of school life. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


Jigsaw covers all elements of the national curriculum in PSHE and incorporates the full requirements of the government’s statutory curriculum on Relationships, Health and Sex Education.


Jigsaw is split into six areas, each of which are delivered in a different term across the year. Three of these areas cover the Relationship, Health and Sex Education requirements. Jigsaw PSHE directs our aim on developing the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:


• Autumn 1 - Being Me

• Autumn 2 - Celebrating Differences

• Spring 1 - Dreams and Goals

• Spring 2 - Healthy Me (Government Health Education statutory requirements)

• Summer 1 - Relationships (Government Relationships Education statutory requirements)

• Summer 2 - Changing Me (Government Sex Education non-statutory requirements)


It also identifies links to our work around Right Respecting Schools, British Values, and SMSC. It reflects the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.


PSHE, citizenship and values also form the content of our whole-school and class assemblies.




Pupils at Willow Bank Junior School are well-behaved and treat each other with kindness and respect, and diversity is celebrated. Pupils take responsibility for their actions, understand how to stay safe and healthy and how to make good choices.


In order to be confident in the impact of PSHE across the whole school community, the PSHE leader will monitor the subject through pupil voice discussions, book looks, the monitoring of displays and assemblies and through ongoing discussion with colleagues.