Southmead Primary School

Southmead Primary School

Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Plumb

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Miss Mugleston is our PSCHE Lead.

‚ÄčAt Southmead Primary School, the principal aim of PSHE is to allow pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life passed education. In line with the Education Act 2002 we cover the three core themes of PSHE, Health and Well Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

At Southmead, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. By implementing positive behaviour management, we offer a nurturing environment where each child can be the best they can be and ignite a passion for learning. All children are guided to develop their full potential and their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded. As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage: RESPECT. Respect, Equality, Self-confidence, Perseverance, Enjoyment, Curiosity and Trust are the core values that underpin our curriculum.

The teaching and learning of PSHE using the Jigsaw programme supports this.

Through using Jigsaw, our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.

 Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during regular whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term. There are six puzzle pieces in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year: Term 1: being me in my world and celebrating difference (including anti-bullying) Term 2: dreams and goals and healthy me Term 3: relationships and changing me (including sex and relationships education).

Through regular Jigsaw sessions, children are given opportunities to explore and challenge a range of the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. Children are taught to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings as well as to take responsibility for their actions.

Children at Southmead also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

At Southmead School we seek to ensure that the PSHE that we teach, improves the physical, mental and social well-being of pupils. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, aspirational and confident individuals. Providing a consistent and regular delivery of the Jigsaw Scheme of Work allows us to fulfil this.


Our children build their Personal, Social, Health and Emotional development as one of the prime areas of learning. This includes Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships. Children participate in guided activities, including circle times, Thrive, peer massage and assemblies. Children are given structured and independent opportunities to build on these skills through their time in school. The children are encouraged to listen, be kind to each other and share. We use the online platform ‘Jigsaw’ to guide our themes for each half-term whilst also addressing the needs of the children as they occur. They are supported in understanding their own feelings and beginning to regulate their behaviours accordingly. They set and work towards simple goals and build their resilience, perseverance and independence. They learn to work and play cooperatively, and show sensitivity to their own and others’ needs. To promote independence the children choose their own lunch and healthy snack each day and during circle time we discuss the importance of these healthy choices, keeping hydrated and maintaining good oral health.

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  • Farah 1032
  • Watson 1059
  • Hawking 1045
  • Malala 1087
  • Key Stage 1: 92.5%
  • Key Stage 2: 93.6%
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