Whitehall Infant School

  1. Curriculum
  2. PSHE


Personal, Social and Health Education

The school uses the 'Jigsaw' PSHE programme. All classes have weekly PSHE lessons. Click here for Jigsaw Information for Parents.

PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is also taught throughout other curriculum areas and below you will find a summary of the content;  whilst lesson themes and times of the year may change, all aspects will be taught:


Jigsaw - the mindful approach to PSHE     

What is PSHE Education?

PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

What do Schools have to teach in PSHE Education?

According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum, every schools needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’
  • promotes British values

The Puzzles and what Children learn.

Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of their class community, school community, and wider community.  It also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.

Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, friendships, and conflict. Children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’ and develop an understanding of bullying – what it is and what it isn’t.

Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success and what their personal strengths are.  They will learn how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment and success.  They will also get to share their aspirations, dreams and goals.

Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships and mental health skills) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation and keeping clean).

Relationships has a wide focus, including families, friendships and pets. A vital part of this topic is about safeguarding and keeping children safe which includes links to E-safety.  Children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes. All lessons are delivered in an age and stage appropriate way.

Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year group or the transition to KS2 (Junior school). Life cycles and naming body parts are covered in the Science curriculum at an age appropriate level.


Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

Relationships Education gives pupils the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships with other children and with adults. It aims to enable children to know what a healthy relationship looks like, how to build and maintain happy, healthy relationships with others and to recognise the importance of a range of relationships with friends, family, in school and in the wider community in which they live.

Relationships Education also teaches pupils to recognise unhealthy behaviours, how to keep safe, identify potential dangers in their on and off line lives and how to report any concerns, worries or abuse and where to access help when needed. 

Health Education is about teaching the characteristics of good physical health and mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is a part of daily life, in the same way as physical health. 

As a school we cover “Being Safe” as an aspect of the statutory Relationships Education curriculum which includes learning related to privacy and safeguarding. It is recommended, for example by the NSPCC, that children are taught the correct names for all body parts and through our science curriculum we teach the scientific names of body parts (e.g. penis and vagina).  

Basic life cycles are taught within the science curriculum (e.g. life cycles, hatching chicks) in reception and key stage 1. 


A copy of our policy can be found here

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Religious Education

The school follows the Hillingdon Religious Education Agreed Syllabus from the Hillingdon SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). You can view the syllabus here