Albany Junior School

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Personal, Social, Health, Economic (PHSE) Education

Essence of PHSE

Purpose of Study

At Albany Junior School we teach PSHE by meeting the requirements of the KS2 guidance. We aim to develop children’s skills and knowledge with the aim for these to be used in children’s lives within and beyond school. Lessons will support all young people in being happy, healthy and safe. It will promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and enabling pupils to be able to enjoy and handle opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.


Jigsaw PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form and maintain relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals



The structure of each Jigsaw lesson encourages teachers to see their pupils as whole children who want and deserve to learn. Each lesson is split into 6 sections, each with their own purpose. Children are free to share their opinions and beliefs during Jigsaw, without judgement and are able to listen and accept the beliefs of others.

  • Connect us – to improve their social skills
  • Calm me – to prepare them for learning, to learn self-soothing and meditation skills
  • Open my mind – help the brain focus on specific learning intentions
  • Tell me or show me – Initiate new learning
  • Let me Learn – to take part in activities to reinforce new learning
  • Help me reflect – supporting them in reflecting on their learning and personal development

Teaching is designed to take account of our five key curriculum drivers with skills and knowledge taken from our progression documents to ensure age appropriate content. Where appropriate, links are also made to ensure that children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are enhances through PSHE.

By the end of each key stage pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the PSHE guidance.

Mental Health and Wellbeing ‘in house’ provision – Albany Junior School – A graduated approach


Here at Albany Junior School we prioritise Mental Health and Wellbeing and believe it is of the utmost importance that it is treated very seriously and is just as important as any of the academic priorities in school. Below is a graduated approach to how we tackle Mental Health and Wellbeing in school within our remit as educational professionals. Children and families are placed on our pathway through various avenues, this could be self-referral, referral from parents or staff.