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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Castle Cary Primary School enables our children to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.  We aim for children to become informed, active and responsible members of our society.  Our PSHE curriculum supports children to make decisions and to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It will give children essential skills for building positive, enjoyable and respectful relationships and ensures they have the knowledge to be able to stay safe both on and offline; with children knowing where to go for help if they need it.  Our curriculum enables children to explore their own and others’ attitudes and values and promotes building self-esteem, confidence and well-being. We aim for children to feel confident and informed as a British citizen, both now and in the future.


PSHE is part of our broad and balanced curriculum, and is taught across each year group.  Our curriculum has been designed through consultation with staff, children, governors and parents and fully meets the requirements set out in the statutory guidance for Relationships, Sex and Health Education. British values are entwined and promoted throughout the whole curriculum.

PSHE is taught on a weekly basis throughout the year, and each year group will follow the same theme at the same time.  Following the same theme, enables us to also fully promote current learning within the wider curriculum at any given time. Areas of study the children cover include: Being in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.  Each area is revisited every year, taking on more challenging content and discussions as the children move progress through KS1 and into KS2.

PSHE and personal development is not only delivered through discrete weekly lessons, but is also promoted within all aspects of school life, developing our core principals of independence, creativity and collaboration.  For example, we ensure that we focus on key national campaigns such Children’s mental Health week, road safety alongside other national events and our school council and mental well-being group continually promote the work that we do within PSHE. It also links closely with our Religious Education curriculum.   

All teaching is inclusive of all pupils and families and that lessons are delivered in a balanced, non-judgmental way. All teachers set ground rules with their class to ensure that everyone feels safe to participate and understands boundaries around behaviour and questions. Pupils’ questions will always be answered in a factual, age-appropriate way.


Children at Castle Cary will

  • Be able to develop and understand respectful relationships
  • Have an understanding of how to use technology safely and know where to get help
  • Build their confidence to tackle real life problems and apply their skills when navigating modern life
  • Demonstrate the qualities and attributes we strive for and recognise as British Values
  • Understand that people have different life styles and are respectful of different choices.
  • Understand the importance of healthy lifestyles

Further Information:

Progression of skills in PSHE 

Progression of knowledge in PSHE 

Progression of vocabulary in PSHE

PSHE Class Coverage Letters 

Coverage letter for EYFS

Coverage letter for Year 1 and 2

Coverage letter for Year 3

Coverage letter for Year 4 and 5

Coverage letter for Year 6

Relationships and Health Education

The following document outlines how our Jigsaw PSHE programme links in with the statutory guidance for Relationships and Health Education. 

Relationships and Health Education Mapping Document 

Jigsaw Information

Jigsaw information leaflet for parents and carers

Please refer to policies pages for PSHE policy (including Relationships and Health Education and our position on Sex Education)