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The aim of PSHE at our school is to engage pupils in a robust and comprehensive curriculum that takes a mindful approach that supports both emotional literacy, social skills and personal development. We want our pupils to build strong and positive relationships with their peers as unique human beings. With this in mind, lessons set out the specific knowledge and skills we intend our pupils to obtain.


We plan and deliver our PSHE curriculum using a whole school approach through a combination of complimentary Schemes of Work: Jigsaw, No Outsiders and Life -Wise. Weekly lessons are taught from Jigsaw with all year groups working on the same theme at the same time, thus ensuring thorough and consistent coverage from EYFS to Year 6.

The mindful approach to PSHE is developed in 3 main ways:

  • The ‘Calm Me’ element in each lesson; this consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations, enabling children to quiet their minds, become aware of their thoughts and feelings and manage these positively in their responses.
  • The taught curriculum; lessons provide pupils with opportunities to explore their thoughts and feelings, to expand their emotional vocabulary, explore thoughts-feelings-consequence sequences, build their confidence and express themselves in a safe environment.
  • ‘Pause Points’ in lessons, which ask children to ‘stop and look inside’ to practise observing their thoughts and feelings relating to what they are learning about in that lesson.

Each half term pupils are taught a lesson from the No Outsiders programme through a specific book which focuses on diversity as a whole.

Knowledge and skills are revisited and consolidated across Key Stages through the Life Wise sequence of learning.


Impact is assessed and monitored in the following ways:

Formative assessment, which informs the next steps in teaching whilst working through a topic

End of key stage age-related expectations for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. There are three age-related expectation descriptors for each enquiry in each year group. These expectations (working AT, TOWARDS and BEYOND) give guidance for assessing each of the 3 aspects of learning involved and made explicit in Discovery RE.

At Banks Road Primary School we use Jigsaw as our mainteaching tool to support teaching and learning in PSHE.
Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Year One Overview

Year Two Overview

Year Three Overview

Year Four Overview

Year Five Overview

Year Six

Tel: 0151 427 4360 | Email: | Office Manager: Mrs N McGee
Twitter: @BanksRoadSch | Headteacher: Mrs L Gibson

Banks Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 8JZ