Curriculum Intent

The intent of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education at Sulivan is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and values they need to manage their lives, both now and in the future. By promoting a deep understanding of the principles of healthy living, as well as social and emotional competencies such as teamwork, communication and negotiation, our PSHE curriculum aims to make a positive impact on the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of our pupils. At Sulivan, we adopt a whole-school approach to teaching personal, social, and health education because we understand that it helps children learn and supports their growth as individuals. We aim to give children the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices in their life and have a positive impact on the world in which they live. 

Curriculum Implementation

The school has adopted the jigsaw scheme of learning for PSHE because it has been carefully sequenced to ensure coverage and appropriate progression of skills and knowledge. Where options in content occur, these are chosen carefully to reflect the school's policies and the school and the local community. Jigsaw covers all areas of PHSE for the primary phase, including statutory Relationships and Health education. 

Topics in EYFS to Y6 are taught discreetly in half termly blocks (puzzle pieces) in the order suggested by Jigsaw to ensure lessons build on prior learning.  

Puzzle pieces have the same theme each half term across the school to ensure cohesion and allow for wider school discussion and support.  

Teachers plan a sequence of lessons in each unit to cover the core knowledge and skills. Misconceptions or gaps in learning are addressed as the learning progresses.  

Lesson resources and activities provided by Jigsaw are adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. Content of lessons is broken down into small steps and include calm time and brain breaks. A range of teaching methods that cater to different learning styles and preferences, such as group work, role play, case studies and independent inquiry are used within lessons.  

Teachers use a range of assessment methods that are formative and summative, such as self-reflection, peer feedback, quizzes and projects.  

Lessons are complemented by puzzle piece toys which are allocated to each year group, a Jerry Cat used during reflection time and a chime used during calm time and a range of age appropriate and engaging resources such as videos, songs, stories, games and debates.  

Our PHS curriculum is taught by teachers who have received training and support in PHSE education and who are committed to promoting pupils’ well-being and resilience. 

Curriculum Documents

PHSE Curriculum Map

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) 

Relationships and sex education (RSE) is an important part of PSHE education. Relationships education is compulsory for all primary school pupils, and relationships and sex education (RSE) is compulsory for all secondary school pupils. Sex education is non-compulsory and is approached as described in our RSE policy. 

Sulivan RSE Policy