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Arno Vale Junior School


PSHE lessons are important at Arno Vale because they help us stay healthy and safe and prepare us for our lives as a global citizen.


At Arno Vale, we believe that PSHE education is a fundamental part of every child’s education in order for them to become confident, happy citizens. Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. We feel that learning about the emotional and social aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to empower them to have safe and fulfilling relationships and to become independent, responsible members of society. Having introduced children to a wide range of concepts and having exposed them to a variety of experiences, we hope that they will have a strong understanding of the diverse world around them; be well equipped to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to stay safe in our ever-changing society.


We have adopted the Jigsaw scheme of work which aims to develop the “whole child” through a progressive curriculum. Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their children. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: 

  • Being Me in My World 

  • Celebrating Differences (including Anti-Bullying) 

  • Dreams and Goals 

  • Healthy Me 

  • Relationships 

  • Changing Me (including the Y5 and Y6 science objectives linked to puberty).


We believe that PSHE education plays a vital part in children's education so in addition to discrete lessons being taught every two 2 weeks, it is embedded throughout the curriculum. British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural concepts are explored across our curriculum. We use practice time to recap and revisit prior learning. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. In addition, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues and allows key knowledge to be embedded and revisited. For example, Children's Mental Health Week and Anti-Bullying Week.


By the time children leave Arno Vale, they will: 

  • demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others. 

  • have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.  

  • take responsibility for their actions. 

  • have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships.  

  • have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.  

  • demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty. 

  • understand how they are being prepared for life and work in modern Britain.


Assessment within discrete PSHE lessons will ensure that pupils are building on their skills and knowledge over time. Predetermined learning objectives allow teachers to be mindful of the assessment elements within lessons and can help them pitch and plan subsequent lessons. Activities are included within lessons to give the children the opportunity to self-assess and reflect on their learning.