Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School



At Holy Trinity, we understand the vital role that the PSHE curriculum plays in the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes that our pupils need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our strong Christian ethos.

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School’s definition of PSHE (in line with the Department for Education) is that it encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development. It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It helps them to understand British values in order to live as a responsible citizen.

PSHE is taught to prepare children to play an active role as members of a democratic society to develop independence and responsibility, and to make informed choices about their own lifestyle.


Holy Trinity C of E Primary School uses both the Jigsaw Scheme of work & Zippy/Apples Friends which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development. Children are at the heart of these schemes of work. The schemes aim to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

In Nursery & Reception, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work and use the 3D PSHE programme as a supplementary resource. It is designed to support children’s SMSC education, focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Naturally, British Values are at the heart of 3D PSHE.

In Year 2, we follow the Zippy’s Friends programme. The programme has been developed specifically for five to seven-year-old children of all abilities. It teaches them how to cope with everyday difficulties, to identify and talk about their feelings and to explore ways of dealing with them. It also encourages children to help other people with their problems. It has been thoroughly evaluated and is endorsed by the World Health Organisation and national governments.

Due to the positive impact that Zippy’s Friends has had on our children, we have decided to introduce the Apple’s Friends programme in Year 3, which follows on from Zippy’s Friends. The programme has been developed specifically for seven to nine-year-old children of all abilities. It teaches children to develop coping and social skills and builds on the success of Zippy’s friends.

Year 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the Jigsaw scheme of work.   The Jigsaw scheme supports the children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  Jigsaw is a comprehensive programme including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work.  Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

  •   Term 1: Being Me in My World
  •   Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
  •   Term 3: Dreams and Goals
  •   Term 4: Healthy Me
  •   Term 5: Relationships
  •   Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

A range of teaching strategies will be used as appropriate. These will include: Circle time, role-play, discussion – whole class, small group, 1:1, visitors. E.g. Fire Brigade, School Health Advisor etc., stories e.g. exploring behaviour of characters, creative activities, and pupil initiated activities.

Aspects also covered include drug and alcohol awareness (personal well-being) which will be introduce from Year 1 onwards. There are weekly timetabled PSHE lessons in KS1 and KS2, and specific events and activities, as well as through other subjects. There will also be opportunities during collective worship e.g. stories and discussion, Celebration Assembly.

In the Foundation Stage, it is taught throughout the whole curriculum and in circle time sessions. All classes use circle time to promote and discuss issues within PSHE.

The elected school council (JLT) are actively encouraged to promote PSHE issues


Our vision is for our children to leave Holy Trinity as happy individuals who are informed but curious learners that show respect and tolerance to the diverse society living in Modern Britain today, having a broad and thorough knowledge of different religions, cultures and British Values. To have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others and to have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. They will have the ability and knowledge of how to keep themselves safe, (physically, virtually, mentally and socially) and make informed decisions about their lifestyles, mental and physical health, develop good relationships and aspirations.

Our PSHE Curriculum Map:
 Holy Trinity's Progression of Skills in PSHE: