PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfill their academic potential.

At Combe Down, our programme of study is based around the Jigsaw Scheme. Weekly sessions are held in each classroom.  The programme of study is suitable for both KS1 and KS2 children and covers the areas of:

1. Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.

2. Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.

3. Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.

4. Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.

5. Relationships

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.

6. Changing Me

Includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change (includes age-appropriate sex education)


Class teachers also respond to situations as they arise in the classroom/at playtime, often through Circle Time.

We have a programme of different visitors throughout the year to enrich this aspect of the curriculum.


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