St Nicholas’ Chantry

St Nicholas' Chantry CofE Primary School

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Personal, Social and Health Education


We care for all God’s children, unconditionally. As a rural town community, the Parable of  Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) resonates with our children who feel valued and welcomed as individuals. All members of our school family, the community and the wider world are valued and respected.

PSHE/RSE Curriculum Overview


Our focus is for every child to become a healthy, independent and responsible member of society. 


At St Nicks, PSHE is at the core of what we do, and it is what develops our children to become confident, responsible, reflective and independent members of society, as well as developing our pupils socially, morally, intellectually and spiritually. Our whole school holistic approach to PSHE addresses the real needs of our pupils and leads them to a wide range of experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. Our PSHE curriculum equips children to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Children reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. At St Nicks children are taught to how to respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. Our curriculum is ambitious for all and strives to address inclusion and disadvantage in its intent and implementation.

 At St Nicks we aim for all pupils to:  

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value themselves 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
  • Have the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals in real life and within the community.


Our PSHE curriculum is taught through a high quality PSHE scheme of Jigsaw from EYFS up to Year 6, which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work.

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways; as a discrete subject, through lessons, circle times, assemblies and through other curriculum subjects.

  • 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 (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
  • Spring 1: Dreams and Goals - Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events
  • Spring 2: Healthy Me - Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
  • Summer 1: Relationships - 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 change

RSE curriculum:

In term 6 all classes will have lessons delivered from a theme called ‘Changing Me’. This unit teaches from the now statutory RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum. This is a valuable part of every child’s education, and all will benefit from a clear programme of RSE. Please see our PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education Policy linked here. Jigsaw PSHE and RSE Policy

Intended Impact:

The impact of our curriculum is for all pupils to have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. Through the teaching of our curriculum, we want pupils to have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society, with a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.

Teaching Sensitive and Controversial Issues:

Sensitive and controversial issues are certain to arise in learning from real-life experience. Teachers will be prepared to handle personal issues arising from the work, to deal sensitively with, and to follow up appropriately, disclosures made in a group or individual setting.  Issues that we address that are likely to be sensitive and controversial because they have a political, social or personal impact or deal with values and beliefs include: family lifestyles and values, physical and medical issues, financial issues, bullying and bereavement.

Teachers will take all reasonable, practical steps to ensure that, where political or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views. Teachers will adopt strategies that seek to avoid bias on their part and will teach pupils how to recognise bias and evaluate evidence. Teachers will seek to establish a classroom climate in which all pupils are free from any fear of expressing reasonable points of view that contradict those held either by their class teachers or their peers.

Information for Parents: 

A Guide to the teaching of Jigsaw for Parents and Carers

Jigsaw LGBT Parent Guide


Please look at these sites before using them with your child.



Helping your child to understand and cope with bereavement can be very difficult. Please see our bereavement information sheet and the useful websites listed below. Please read all the information before you talk to your children.

Healthy eating

Feelings and health

Understanding money