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Reculver CofE Primary School



At Reculver Church of England Primary School we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils.  Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.) is vital subject in developing pupils Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC).  

Pupils leave Reculver with the knowledge, skills and emotional literacy to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. Our children have high aspirations and self-esteem.

Our PSHE curriculum based on the Jigsaw scheme of work supports children in becoming healthy, independent and responsible citizens in their community. This approach 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, which equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach.

The PSHE curriculum equips pupils with the skills to recognise their feelings and emotions and provides the knowledge and opportunities to tackle moral, social and cultural issues that they may experience in their lives. Children learn about their rights and responsibilities and are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth and self-esteem. This curriculum also supports and complements the school’s values of: Love, Hope, Forgiveness, Perseverance and Compassion and supports the exploration of our British Values which are clearly mapped out. It is accessible and inclusive, taught largely in a ‘circle time’ approach, meeting the needs of all of our pupils.

PSHE is taught weekly according to our progressive format so we can be confident that pupils at Reculver have a comprehensive PSHE experience. There are also many opportunities for PSHE to be learnt throughout every school day in addition to the PSHE lessons and these are actively encouraged. These include daily acts of worship, themed days and weeks, school council projects, well-being award participation and charity events. We promote regular mindfulness experiences, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. We also recognise the necessity to teach some stand-alone PSHE lessons should events at school, in the community or in the wider world require explanation, guidance or reassurance for pupils. For example, the recent events linked to Covid that greatly disrupted pupil’s lives. Our PSHE curriculum provides continuous updates and one off lessons to help support teachers in these special circumstances.


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Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

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

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

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

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations and resilience building

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices (on and off line)

Summer 1:


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

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at and managing change

Relationship and Sex Education (Relationships, Sex and Health Education)

From September 2020, Relationships Education is compulsory for all primary schools as set out in the DfE Guidance (2019).

Effective Relationships and Sex Education can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships. It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being. This is why the DfE recommend:

“… that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. It should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born.”  (Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education, DfE, 2019, para 67).


Please click on the link below to explore this subject further and look at the long term progression for our children:

PSHE: Whole School Overview and Progression