PSHE stands for personal, social, health and economic. PSHE helps children and young people stay healthy, safe and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain.

RSE stands for Relationships and Sexuality Education. This helps pupils to understand how the body develops and helps them learning about healthy relationships in all aspects of life.


At Skinners’ Kent Primary School, the intent of our PSHE curriculum is to equip all children with essential skills for life, enabling pupils to develop into confident, responsible and independent members of society. Our curriculum covers the key areas that will support pupils to make informed choices to stay healthy and safe, and how to look after both their physical and mental wellbeing. Children will develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up and being part of the wider community.

Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives. We encourage growth mindset and metacognition, which enable children to reflect upon and develop their own learning processes, contributing to their development as lifelong learners and resilience.


Our PSHE and RSE curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils, and is tailored to our school using local data, questionnaires and knowledge of our local area. PSHE should be taught weekly and include opportunities for cross-curricular learning. There may also be occasions where teachers feel it is necessary to teach PSHE as a result of any issues arising or change the sequence of the curriculum depending on the needs of the class.

Pupils are taught PSHE and RSE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, 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’. There is 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.#

EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals. Reception also uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work materials. (see below)

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 

At Skinners’ Kent Primary School, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education, which are covered through the Jigsaw planning. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should understand the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.

PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):

  • Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
  • Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)
  • Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
  • Spring 2: Healthy Me
  • Summer 1: Relationships
  • Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

Across the school, children use floor books to record their progress and responses to PSHE sessions. These books will travel through the school with each class, so the children can look back at their learning, and the next teacher can see prior knowledge and the starting points for the year.


We believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults.

By the time our children leave Skinners’ Kent Primary, they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  •  understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level
  •  have respect for themselves and others.
  •  have a positive self esteem

SKPS PSHE Programme of Study

PSHE Association