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Charford First School

Personal, Health and Relationships Education

Personal, Health and Relationships Education


Our intent is to provide a broad, balanced and meaningful PHRE curriculum which promotes the personal, social, emotional, mental and physical development of our pupils and results in the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and values required to enable them to become happy, healthy, confident and respectful global citizens, who are fully equipped to thrive and succeed and make a positive contribution to society. We aim to provide our children with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities, the knowledge they will need to make informed decisions about their well-being, physical health and relationships and an appreciation of what it means to be a member of a diverse society. We want our children to learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form healthy, fulfilling and successful relationships. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. 

A Charford Citizen will:
Be respectful of the differences between themselves and others, embracing and celebrating originality
•    Be confident to express their ideas, views, opinions and beliefs
•    Understand and apply strategies to support their physical and mental health
•    Be able to recognise and name their feelings and express and control them in a positive way
•    Be caring and compassionate toward others, building positive and healthy relationships
•    Have a positive attitude towards challenge, showing determination and resilience in reaching their goals
•    Know how to keep themselves and others safe and manage risk including when they are using the internet




We understand that high-quality, age-appropriate teaching of PHRE can help prepare pupils to develop the skills needed to become successful citizens. The subject is delivered in a variety of ways, both discretely and within our wider curriculum as well as through our whole school inclusive ethos and values. The curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the statutory requirements for Relationship and Health Education as well as the objectives laid out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study.

Jigsaw - At Charford, our PHRE Curriculum is based on a scheme of work called Jigsaw, which has been adapted and supplemented to reflect the needs of our pupils. Each half term, there is a focus theme which is followed throughout the school. These are Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Happy Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

Wellbeing Wednesday - The majority of our PHRE Curriculum is delivered through our weekly Wellbeing Wednesday sessions, which take place for an hour and a half on a Wednesday morning from Years 1-4.
A range of teaching strategies are used to ensure that learning is purposeful, active and engaging.  Each lesson begins with a short Mindfulness activity to get children calm and focused, followed by a game or activity to unite them as a class team. Lessons have clear learning objectives and involve a high level of interaction where each pupil has planned opportunities for whole class/group/paired/individual learning which will enable them to explore and share their ideas.


Evidence of whole class discussion/activity is recorded and kept in the Whole Class Jigsaw Journal and children have their own personal Jigsaw Journals to record their own thoughts, ideas and responses which will follow them as they move through the school.


Wider Curriculum - In addition to Wellbeing Wednesday sessions, the children are taught PHRE through other curriculum areas where they naturally link with the subject or theme being taught. These links are mapped out on the PHRE Long-Term Plan. The subjects which have particularly strong links with PHRE are Computing, Religious Education and Physical Education.


School Values - Our school values: Be Confident, Be Healthy, Be Aspirational, Be Respectful, Be Friendly, Be Original, Be Resilient and Be Determined are at the heart of our PHRE and wider Curriculum and reflected in our school ethos. The children are taught to understand the meaning of each value and what it looks like in practice through values based assemblies. In each Wellbeing Wednesday session, the school values linked to the lesson are identified. In addition, our school values are modelled, encouraged and celebrated through our Positive Behaviour Policy and practice.

Theme Days and Weeks - As a school, we take part in theme days and weeks linked to learning in PHRE. This includes Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week and E-Safety Day.
Additional wellbeing activities and school environment - Recognising that in today’s fast-paced society, we can all benefit from opportunities to be calm and mindful, Mindfulness activities such as calm colouring, Yoga and guided meditation are used regularly throughout the week when it is felt the children will benefit from them.




Children are encouraged to share, manage and express their emotions through a range of mechanisms including interactive feelings displays, calm boxes and calm corners/spaces. Our displays within classrooms and around the school reflect our inclusive ethos, celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and respect towards others.