Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


PSHE Intent Statement

At Therfield First School we value PSHE to support our pupils in becoming healthy, independent, responsible and productive members of society. PSHE provides our pupils with the tools to successfully navigate through lives challenges. We recognise the importance of teaching Mindfulness in order to have a positive impact on pupil mental health and wellbeing.


Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. As pupils progress, we are equipping them with the skills to become an active and responsible member of a global society.



At Therfield First School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.


Previously, we have taught the majority of our PSHE curriculum through the SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme. This has included weekly in-class lessons and a weekly whole school assembly with the Headteacher. From September 2021, we have introduced the Jigsaw Programme into our PSHE teaching. The Jigsaw Programme offers a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. Whilst we will be following the Jigsaw programme of study, we will supplement this will previously successful SEAL sessions where the themes align.


The Jigsaw programme covers the statutory teaching of age-appropriate Relationships and Health Education (RHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The school has cross referenced the Jigsaw content in these areas to ensure that they cover the DfE guidance 2019.


Whole-school approach

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. Below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year. Pupils at Therfield First School leave at the end of Year 4. Therefore, our pupils will not receive any of the curriculum planned for the upper years of key stage two (Years 5 and 6)


Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World (SEAL Theme: New Beginnings)

Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.


Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference (SEAL Theme: Getting on and Falling Out)

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding


Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals (SEAL Theme: Going for Goals)

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society


Spring 2:

Healthy Me(SEAL Theme: Good to be Me)

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise


Summer 1:

Relationships (SEAL Theme: Relationships)

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


Summer 2:

Changing Me(SEAL Theme: Changes)

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change


In line with recent changes in safeguarding guidance and documents, including the updated KCSIE 2021 and Ofsted’s review into sexual harassment and abuse in schools, the school has given careful consideration to the PSHE content covering the themes of consent and healthy relationships. Both themes feature throughout a number of puzzle units, and are covered in age-appropriate ways from Reception upwards. Messages around consent, healthy relationships and staying safe are covered during the weekly PSHE assembly led by the head. High quality texts are used as a stimulus for discussion and reflection during the assemblies.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Intent Statement:

At Therfield First School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all members of our school community. We have a caring and nurturing ethos where staff and pupils are valued, supported and celebrated. We recognise that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility and that we all have a role to play.


In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils, parents and staff affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.


Wellbeing at Therfield

We will actively promote positive mental health and wellbeing by:

  • Creating a happy school environment, based on positivity and the promotion of the school values (Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe); encouraging a sense of belonging.

  • Ensuring all pupils have access to a broad and creative curriculum, including specialist provision for music, PE, mindfulness and forest school.

  • Delivering a highly participative, creative curriculum, where the school’s motto Bringing Learning to Life, instils a love of learning and ‘awe and wonder’ experiences for pupils.

  • Providing regular opportunities for pupils to take part in learning beyond the classroom, e.g. outdoor learning, forest school, educational and enrichment visits, workshops, visitors in school etc.

  • Celebrating the efforts and achievements (academic and non-academic) of everyone.

  • Promoting pupil voice and empowering pupils to feel valued, supported and integral contributors to the life and development of the school.

  • Providing opportunities for pupils to develop a sense of worth and to ‘make a difference’ by being responsible citizens, including taking responsibility for themselves and others.

  • Managing behaviour in a therapeutic way, encouraging pupils to be reflective and to learn from the past to make informed and positive choices in the future.

  • Promoting a culture of talking and asking for help when needed; knowing that there are always adults that can provide a listening and supporting ear.

  • Developing and celebrating growth mindset attitudes and emotional resilience in pupils.

  • Ensuring high quality, age-appropriate Jigsaw PSHE sessions, workshops and value-led assemblies, enabling open discussions and education around key issues.

  • Creating environments where pupils feel safe, based on the principles of protective behaviours.

  • Ensuring the curriculum provides pupils with modern skills within technology including e-safety awareness.

  • Ensuring mental health concerns are identified early and appropriate support provided, either led in-house or by seeking support from outside specialists.

  • Ensuring all staff know the importance of mental health awareness and how to identify, support or seek specialist support for pupils or colleagues.

  • ·Developing the role of the Mental Health Lead and School Mentor, to offer personalised support for pupils and staff.