Plaistow Hill Primary and Nursery School

Plaistow Hill Infant and Primary School

Everyday my daughter is very eager to tell me what she has learnt and is always excited to be going to school

Year 2 Parent

  • "Staff are kind, calm and encouraging - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Children flourish in an environment of genuine warmth and care - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Pupils in Key Stage 1 are confident, listen to each other, share and take turns - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Parents and carers praise the work of the school - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "One parent expressed the view of many with the comment 'the atmosphere and attitude of all the staff is incredible' - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "The outdoor learning environment is used effectively to help children co-operate with each other and practise their number knowledge and skills - Ofsted, April 2022"
  • "Pupils are happy at Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School - Ofsted, April 2022"
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PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic) Education

Intent: Why do we teach what we teach?

During their time at primary school, children will encounter many of life’s challenges for the first time. We aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to lead safe, healthy, and happy lives. Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive and engaging PSHE curriculum that fully meets the needs of every child and encourages safe and happy relationships. This aligns with the National Curriculum 2014, which mandates that all schools provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced, and meets the needs of all pupils.


Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.

PSHE is a fundamental part of children’s school experience. To support our aims, the school is a member of the DfE funded PSHE association, and we follow the Jigsaw scheme of learning. Jigsaw provides consistency and progression in children’s learning, offering an interactive bank of resources supporting PSHE, RSE, Health education, SMSC development, and safeguarding. These resources help children develop skills to manage different influences and pressures, contributing to their personal development.


We aim to ensure that all children:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities.
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens in Britain.
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.
  • Develop good relationships and understand and celebrate the differences between people.


Implementation: What do we teach and when?

Our detailed curriculum map, available on the website, outlines what we teach for each year group. Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase, including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The modules are taught discretely and organised into 5-8 years, 8-11 years, and an Early Years, 3-5 years portal. Each year group's modules build upon the previous year and incorporate a safeguarding element.

To enrich our approach to PSHE and broaden the curriculum, we organise various events and opportunities, such as:

  • NSPCC 'Speak out. Stay safe' workshops.
  • Visits from the Fire Service and our neighbourhood Police team.
  • Live theatre productions from M&M.
  • UK Parliament Week.
  • Celebrations of 'Children’s Mental Health Week' to raise awareness and promote good mental health.

We tailor our curriculum to ensure learning experiences are meaningful and relevant to our school’s context. We value diverse learning experiences, including opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Children take pride in and ownership of the school grounds, utilising the edible playground resources and the school’s garden area.

Through involving visitors with specialist skills and backgrounds, and carefully planning trips and real-life experiences, children can build their knowledge of the community and develop skills needed for life after education.


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Impact: How children show that they know and remember more

We believe that a meaningful PSHE curriculum is essential for children to become confident, tolerant, and well-rounded adults. Our curriculum helps children navigate real-life situations using their skills and attributes. By exposing children to various global issues and problems, they build tolerance and a sense of responsibility as global citizens. They learn to respect and understand different lifestyles.

Children take on roles and responsibilities within the school, from School Parliament to playground pals. We maintain up-to-date training, disseminated by the leader, to ensure our approach is informed by current pedagogy and expert advice, utilising recommended resources.

A full copy of the whole school’s progression documents is available to view on request. Jigsaw PSHE and RSE Progression of Skills outlines our curriculum's developmental stages.