Our intention is that when children leave Rainford C E they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our pupils to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.


Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.

EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals. Reception and Nursery also uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work materials (see below).

KS1 and KS2- PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. This scheme is called Jigsaw. Jigsaw has six half termly themes with each year group and so each year group study the same unit at the same time (at their own level):

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy Me

Summer 1: Relationships

Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)


Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


At Rainford C E, we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the ‘Jigsaw’.


It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.


Wider Curriculum  

We believe that encouraging the development of a 'growth mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence. We want our pupils to embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class: praising children for their efforts and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking

  • SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) and British Values, are an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.
  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school’s Christian values
  • Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.                                                        


  • By the time our children leave our school they will:
  • be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others.
  • have a positive self esteem


Long Term Planning 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Being in my World

Celebrating Differences!

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me



·         Self-identity

·         Understanding feelings

·         Being in a classroom

·         Being gentle

·         Rights and responsibilities

·         Identifying talents

·         Being special

·         Families

·         Where we live

·         Making friends

·         Standing up for yourself

·         Challenges

·         Perseverance

·         Goal setting

·         Overcoming obstacles

·         Seeking help

·         Jobs

·         Achieving goals

·         Exercising bodies

·         Physical activity

·         Healthy food

·         Sleep

·         Keeping clean

·         Safety

·         Family life

·         Friendships

·         Breaking friendships

·         Falling out

·         Dealing with bullying

·         Being a good friend

·         Bodies

·         Respecting my body

·         Growing up

·         Growth and change

·         Fun and fears

·         Celebrations

Year 1

·         Feeling special and safe

·         Being part of a class

·         Rights and responsibilities

·         Rewards and feeling proud Consequences

·         Owning the Learning Charter

·         Similarities and differences

·         Understanding bullying and knowing how to deal with it

·         Making new friends

·         Celebrating the differences in everyone

·         Setting goals

·         Identifying successes and achievements

·         Learning styles

·         Working well and celebrating achievement with a partner

·         Tackling new challenges

·         Identifying and overcoming obstacles

·         Feelings of success

·         Keeping myself healthy

·         Healthier lifestyle choices

·         Keeping clean

·          Being safe

·         Medicine safety/safety with household items

·         Road safety Linking health and happiness

·         Belonging to a family

·         Making friends/being a good friend

·         Physical contact preferences

·         People who help us

·         Qualities as a friend and person Self-acknowledgement

·         Being a good friend to myself

·         Celebrating special relationships

·         Life cycles – animal and human

·         Changes in me

·         Changes since being a baby

·         Differences between female and male bodies (correct terminology)

·         Linking growing and learning

·         Coping with change

·         Transition

Year 2

·         Hopes and fears for the year

·         Rights and responsibilities

·         Rewards and consequences

·         Safe and fair learning environment

·         Valuing contributions

·         Choices

·         Recognising feelings

·         Assumptions and stereotypes about gender

·         Understanding bullying

·         Standing up for self and others

·         Making new friends

·         Gender diversity

·         Celebrating difference and remaining friends

·         Achieving realistic goals

·         Perseverance

·         Learning strengths

·         Learning with others Group co-operation

·         Contributing to and sharing success

·         Motivation

·         Healthier choices

·         Relaxation

·         Healthy eating and nutrition

·         Healthier snacks and sharing food

·         Different types of family

·         Physical contact boundaries

·         Friendship and conflict

·         Secrets Trust and appreciation

·         Expressing appreciation for special relationships

·         Life cycles in nature

·         Growing from young to old Increasing independence

·         Differences in female and male bodies (correct terminology)

·         Assertiveness

·         Preparing for transition

Year 3

·         Setting personal goals

·         Self-identity and worth

·         Positivity in challenges

·         Rules, rights and responsibilities

·         Rewards and consequences

·         Responsible choices

·         Seeing things from others’ perspectives

·         Families and their differences

·         Family conflict and how to manage it

·         Witnessing bullying and how to solve it

·         Recognising how words can be hurtful

·         Giving and receiving compliments

·         Difficult challenges and achieving success

·         Dreams and ambitions

·         New challenges

·         Motivation and enthusiasm

·         Recognising and trying to overcome obstacles

·         Evaluating learning processes

·         Managing feelings Simple budgeting

·         Exercise

·         Fitness challenges

·         Food labelling and healthy swaps

·         Attitudes towards drugs

·         Keeping safe and why it’s important online and offline scenarios

·         Respect for myself and others

·         Healthy and safe choices

·         Family roles and responsibilities

·         Friendship and negotiation

·         Keeping safe online and who to go to for help

·         Being a global citizen

·         Being aware of how my choices affect others

·         Awareness of how other children have different lives

·         Expressing appreciation for family and friends

·         How babies grow

·         Understanding a baby’s needs

·         Outside body changes Inside body changes

·         Family


Challenging my ideas

Preparing for transition

Year 4

·         Being part of a class team

·         Being a school citizen Rights, responsibilities and democracy

·         Rewards and consequences

·         Group decision-making

·         Having a voice

·         What motivates behaviour

·         Challenging assumptions

·         Judging by appearance

·         Accepting self and others

·         Understanding influences

·         Understanding bullying

·         Problem-solving

·         Identifying how special and unique everyone is

·         First impressions

·         Hopes and dreams

·         Overcoming disappointment

·         Creating new, realistic dreams

·         Achieving goals

·         Working in a group

·         Celebrating contributions

·         Resilience

·         Positive attitudes

·         Healthier friendships

·         Group dynamics

·         Smoking

·         Alcohol

·         Assertiveness

·         Peer pressure

·         Celebrating inner strength

·         Jealousy

·         Love and loss

·         Memories of loved ones

·         Getting on and Falling Out

·         Girlfriends and boyfriends

·         Showing appreciation to people and animals

·         Being unique

·         Having a baby

·         Girls and puberty

·         Confidence in change

·         Accepting change

·         Preparing for transition

·         Environmental change

Year 5/6 (2022-23)


In Summer 1 and 2, Year 5 and Year 6 are taught separately and therefore not on a cycle

·         Planning the forthcoming year

·         Being a citizen

·         Rights and responsibilities

·         Rewards and consequences

·         How behaviour affects groups

·         Democracy, having a voice, Participating

·         Cultural differences and how they can cause conflict

·         Racism

·         Rumours and name-calling

·         Types of bullying

·         Material wealth and happiness

·         Enjoying and respecting other cultures

·         Future dreams

·         The importance of money

·         Jobs and careers

·         Dream job and how to get there

·         Goals in different cultures

·         Supporting others (charity)

·         Motivation

·         Smoking, including vaping

·         Alcohol

·         Alcohol and antisocial behaviour

·         Emergency aid Body image

·         Relationships with food

·         Healthy choices

·         Motivation and behaviour

Year 5


·         Self-recognition and selfworth

·         Building self-esteem

·         Safer online communities

·         Rights and responsibilities online

·         Online gaming and gambling

·         Reducing screen time

·         Dangers of online grooming

·         SMARRT internet safety rules


Year 6


·         Self- and body image

·         Influence of online and media on body image

·         Puberty for girls

·         Puberty for boys

·         Conception (including IVF)

·         Growing responsibility

·         Coping with change

·         Preparing for transition

Year 5/6 (2023-24)

·         Identifying goals for the year

·         Global citizenship

·         Children’s universal rights

·         Feeling welcome and valued

·         Choices, consequences and rewards

·         Group dynamics

·         Democracy, having a voice

·         Anti-social behaviour Role-modelling

·         Perceptions of normality

·         Understanding disability

·         Power struggles

·         Understanding bullying

·         Inclusion/exclusion

·         Differences as conflict, difference as celebration

·         Empathy

·         Personal learning goals, in and out of school

·         Success criteria

·         Emotions in success

·         Making a difference in the world

·         Motivation

·         Recognising achievements Compliments

·         Taking personal responsibility

·         How substances affect the body

·         Exploitation, including ‘county lines’ and gang culture

·         Emotional and mental health

·         Managing stress

Year 5


·         Mental health Identifying mental health worries and sources of support

·         Love and loss

·         Managing feelings

·         Power and control

·         Assertiveness

·         Technology safety

·         Take responsibility with technology use

Year 6


·         Self-image

·         Body image

·         Puberty and feelings

·         Conception to birth

·         Reflections about change

·         Physical attraction

·         Respect and consent

·         Boyfriends/girlfriends

·         Sexting Transition


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