Mrs Stanger

Curriculum Intent

At Godfrey Ermen Memorial School, we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships, Sex and Health Education is vitally important to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active, responsible citizens.


During their time at Godfrey Ermen, it is our aim for children to contribute fully to the life of their school and community by taking part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum. This provision is planned to link with our school PRIDE values, our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural reflections and a progressive PSHE and RSHE curriculum, to foster self-respect, respect for others and the environment and an appreciation of the diverse world in which we live (see PSHE Wider Experiences Plan).


Through our Thrive approach in school, it is our aim for pupils to feel that they belong - that they are in an emotionally safe environment, where their health, well-being and happiness is paramount.

Our staff in school understand how vitally important it is for everyone to feel ‘steady’- to feel valued, secure, understood and validated. Through caring relationships, our staff provide the support for children’s emotional development and help them first to regulate and then support them to develop the skills to self-regulate, through strategies such as ‘the 5 Finger Rule’, ‘Dealing With The Feeling’ and Mindfulness techniques.


At Godfrey Ermen Memorial School, our PSHE and RSHE scheme of work is planned in conjunction with our SMSC programme to include some whole-school themes (such as Children’s Mental Health Week), year-group specific experiences (such as the Respect programme in Y6), with the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work providing the main framework for progression across the school.

Jigsaw allows the children to explore and develop their emotional literacy, through a range of lessons and activities designed to encourage mindfulness. Jigsaw is a progressive scheme which is used in every class from Nursery to Year 6. At Godfrey Ermen, we encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings in their safe classroom environment, linking discussions to our school values of PRIDE: Personal Excellence, Respect and Friendship, Inspire and Innovate, Determination and Courage and Equality and Diversity. 

Every year group follows the same structure of lessons, through the main 6 Jigsaw pieces - Being Me in my World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

The Jigsaw scheme also covers the statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) through the Changing Me piece. In the Summer Term, parents receive an update about the content of the ‘Changing Me’ unit and are informed that human reproduction will be covered sensitively in two year groups. Parents are given the option of withdrawing their child from these lessons, but pupils receive their full entitlement to participating in lessons that cover statutory elements on the changing body and menstruation.

In our wider PSHE provision, our pupils learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

In PSHE, prior learning is referred to help children to remember and links are made across the curriculum, to help our pupils to make connections and help the learning to ‘stick.


The impact of our PSHE and RSHE progression framework is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge and vocabulary, but also the skills, attitudes values and behaviour, which will enable our pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions 
  • Communicate effectively
  • 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

Through regular assessment of essential learning outcomes in PSHE and Social/ Emotional Development, our pupils are supported to progress through the different strands (jigsaw pieces).

The PSHE Subject Leader monitors the progression of essential learning through the gathering of assessment evidence, carrying out book looks and drop-ins, speaking to pupils, and observing attitudes and behaviour of pupils across school.

Pupils who are struggling to access the learning at the expected level for their age are given appropriate supports within their lessons – this could be within a smaller group, or with increased adult support, through differentiation or by using a more creative approach.

In terms of their social/emotional development, pupils are identified who may benefit from additional ‘therapies’ in school, such as Place2Be 1:1 Counselling Sessions, Emotion Coaching, Journey of Hope, Forest School, Buddy Systems and having an Adult Mentor.

Where it is observed that a child has additional needs and requires further support, evidence will be gathered and discussed with the teaching team/parents/pastoral team and SENDCO so that the appropriate referrals can be made to services such as Learning Support, Primary Inclusion Team and Educational Psychology team.

It is our aim to support all pupils so that by the end of Primary School, they have the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and are informed, active, responsible young citizens. 

Our Thrive approach training is used to support our children continuously to support their social and emotional development.  

The Jigsaw website has lots of useful information about the School’s approach to PSHE.

Our partnership with Place 2 Be helps us to support emotional development and well-being across the school.

There are lots of useful resources on their website.

Jigsaw overview

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