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As a school we aim to ensure that all children leave us prepared for the world as ‘Global Explorers’ equipped with a secure understanding of themselves and others. Being ‘spiritual’ is one of the Big Ideas in our curriculum. We seek to broaden our children’s horizons and expand their knowledge of the world whilst nurturing their interests and encouraging the self-belief and ambition they’ll need to accomplish their goals. At St Nicholas, children begin their PSHE education from the very start in Reception. We aim for all children at the end of the Foundation Stage to show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others as well as knowing right from wrong in the choices they make around school. Children completing Key Stage One will have an increased understanding of themselves and their relationships including what makes them feel safe and special. We aim for children at this stage to know what they are good at and what positive contributions they can make to group situations. When children leave St Nicholas at the end of Key Stage Two we expect them to have a wider understanding of different communities and cultures, locally and globally; being able to empathise and reflect on similarities and differences. PSHE is integrated throughout the school. Key ideas and themes are taught explicitly but also interwoven into other areas of the curriculum and other aspects of day-to-day life. Our Christian Values are vital in promoting concepts of PSHE; it is our aim that all children follow these values. We recognise that children’s mental health and well-being is of paramount importance in our ever changing world. We endeavour to model through our own actions and actively teach children to become resilient, responsible and compassionate citizens of the world.

PSHE Curriculum

PSHE is taught across the school from FS2- Year 6 and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. 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. The curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE).

Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world."

“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.”

Jigsaw PSHE supports our intent and develops knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Change Me