West Lodge

Primary School


At West Lodge Primary School, we teach PSHE as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.

We have adopted the Jigsaw Programme which offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work bringing consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. We ensure our pupils receive an education which supports their physical and emotional wellbeing. Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that pupils are provided with the tools to make safe, informed decisions about their lives.

The school follows the MindUP programme and the children learn about mindfulness, positive psychology and how their brain works.

This also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children. 

How we teach PSHE
At West Lodge Primary School, we allocate time to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way.  These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways:  Assemblies, praise and reward system, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community.

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The units of learning are based on six 'Puzzles' and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.
Autumn 1:
Being Me in My World
Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Autumn 2:
Celebrating Difference
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding

Spring 1:
Dreams and Goals
Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society

Spring 2:
Healthy Me
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise

Summer 1:
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss

Summer 2:
Changing Me
Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change

Relationships and Sex education (RSE) is an integral part of our PSHE curriculum. Our approach to teaching Relationships Education is based on The DfE ‘Relationship Education Guidance’ (2020) which recommends that primary schools should 'put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy’.

Subject Leadership
Our subject leader is Grant Beckwith.