PHSE including SRE



At Bretherton Endowed C of E Primary School, our Personal, Social, Health Education permeates the whole curriculum and is intrinsically linked to our Christian values and Gospel teachings. We consider PSHE to be a vital ingredient to every child’s success and happiness. We believe it can really improve each child’s capacity to learn and remove barriers to learning. Personal, Social, Health and relationship education at Bretherton is planned to develop character through fostering a sense of pride at belonging to our school family, our community and as a citizen of the UK and the world. 

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Anti-bullying Week 2023

Confident Me and Confident Mini

Welcome to A Confident ME

'Empowering Minds to Thrive'

The programmes use neuroscience along with up to date research to build children’s knowledge and understanding, empowering them a new found level of self-belief. This knowledge is then put into practise through fun and engaging activities. These newly developed skills embed positive habits and over time shift mindsets.

Our programme also engages the whole family for a wider and long-lasting impact.

The Eight Sections of each A Confident ME Workshops are:

Mindful Moments

In our mindful moments we learn that all emotions are okay, we practice being with our thoughts and feelings as well as letting them go. This practice of quieting the mind helps tune into our inner peace, a place we have within us all, a refuge.

Throughout the course we learn breathing techniques, peer massage and mindfulness activities, all of which improve concentration, focus and overall wellbeing.

Brain Box

This section is packed with enlightening neuroscience and positive psychology that underpins much of what is included in the course. Simply understanding the basics of how the brain works and how incredibly malleable it is, allows us to feel more powerful than we can ever imagine. This knowledge unlocks the belief that we can ALL achieve great things.

Brain box is a vital part of becoming A Confident ME.

Mindset Matters

During Mindset Matters we recognise how our emotional state has the power, if we let it, to control us. We learn to accept that life will not always be fun or easy, and how to manage those difficult moments. In this section we put into action the skills of mindfulness, mindset shifting as well as the knowledge we have learnt in our Brain Box section.

Be Inspired

This short and inspiring section introduces us to people with amazing strength of character that links perfectly to the weekly workshop. We should all have positive role models in our lives that motivate and lift us to make the changes we need to be our best, confident selves.


Humans are born to connect – it’s in our DNA. This engaging section of the programme includes games, opportunities to talk, building friendships and realising the commonality between us. People who have the skills to develop good relationships are happier, healthier and live longer.


This section encourages participants to express and interpret their emotions, feelings and goals creatively.

We also hope that participants see that when we are relaxed, feel safe and connected to others we can enjoy the feeling that creativity brings, and how we can use these skills as a form of relaxation.

Goals for Growth

If we want to grow, change and become our confident best we must put our learning into practise. We don’t ever grow on belief alone. The goals for growth section of the programme is about using the weekly skills and knowledge taught and embedding them in our daily lives.

If we commit to these new habits they will be truly life changing.

Who it will benefit

‘A Confident ME’ would benefit EVERYONE.

In an ideal world all young people in your establishment will have access to the programme. However, some young people need more help than others to discover their true brilliance. These young people tend to fall into one of three categories:

  • Having low self-esteem
  • Being disengaged with learning
  • Struggling with BIG emotions

Confident MINI Me

Each of our 12 workshops contain 6 key sections providing valuable opportunities to develop emotional agility, confidence and social skills.

Each of the six sections are described below:

BE Curious

Curiosity is at the heart of children’s early development. It is something that must be nurtured and encouraged especially in today’s world where children are increasingly exposed to digital distractions so early in life. It is curiosity that gives children the thirst to learn and a chance to pause in wholehearted presence. In our BE Curious section of the programme the children are given opportunities to use their senses, to be curious about their emotions and feelings and recognise physiological effects in their bodies.

They explore, ask questions, ignite their imaginations with creativity and observe the world with awe and wonder.

BE Creative

Our ‘BE Creative’ section is used as a path to relaxation that offers both the opportunity for the children to be immersed imaginatively alongside enabling them to feel comfortable to express their emotions and feelings.

They create art and crafts that become tools they can take home to practice self-regulating their feelings as well as visual reminders to believe in themselves.

BE Calm

During the ‘BE Calm’ part of the workshops children have the opportunity to ‘just BE’, to quieten their mind, check in with how they are feeling and experience the feeling of being calm. They are taught that practicing regular relaxation is key to strengthening the mind, developing resilience and being kind to themselves. They learn a variety of ways to self-regulate their BIG emotions.

They practice the power of controlling their breathing, mindfulness activities, yoga, peer and self-massage and guided relaxations. We teach children that whatever they are feeling is okay.

BE Connected

We are born to connect! Our ability to connect, helps us to form good relationships and is associated with living longer, happier and healthier lives. This fun section is packed with games that highlight what we all have in common as well as our awesome differences.

Through learning the importance of connection and building these skills children can find the confidence to step out of their comfort zone when meeting new people and faced with new challenges.

BE Confident

In the ‘BE Confident’ sections of our workshop’s children experience the power of positive affirmations and work on developing the inner confidence that we all possess inside us. Learning skills and enjoying activities that gently encourage children to step out of their comfort zones helps to grow the self-belief that is fundamental to achieving and thriving in life.

 Teaching and Learning

This is taught through the Jigsaw Programme as well as through other areas- for example pupil voice groups, worship and assemblies, volunteering, charity work, community involvement, trips and visitors and careers and financial education.  

We primarily use the Jigsaw Programme as it offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. 

The overview of the programme can be seen below.  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, charities and volunteering,  the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.  

Along with following our scheme of work, we also pride ourselves on meeting our classes individual needs. Teachers regularly adapt or plan in additional lessons to meet the changing needs or priorities of our children. We also enrich our PSHE curriculum with a variety of outside agengies and visitors to ensure our children receive the most up to date and specialist teaching. This includes enlisting the NSPCC to support us when teaching us to 'Speak Out and Stay Safe', the Debt Awareness Programme and inviting parents into school to talk about their jobs during Careers Week. PHSE embeds concepts and knowledge on British Values and on protected characteristics and where this is taught in our curriculum.

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Subject focus area 2023/24.

  • To ensure written evidence in PSHE reflects the learning and depth of knowledge demonstrated in pupil interviews.
  • To build on good practice in PSHE by consolidating the explicit use of progressive vocabulary through all PSHE units to improve oracy and communication in the subject.


By adopting the 'Jigsaw' scheme to support our teaching of PSHE, we have ensured that we have a consistent and progressive appraoch to the subject throughout school. Kindly bought for us by the trustees, Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE which brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. If children feel overwhelmed emotionally, carry worries and feel unable to talk about or process them, then this can have a real effect on their learning and achievement.

With soft toy Jigsaw-piece friends and Jerry the cat (to help us ‘paws’ for thought and encourage thinking times) allocated to each class, as well as calming chimes to encourage mindfulness, the scheme offers continuity through the years that the children can grow and develop with.

Each the year we will be covering the six jigsaw pieces:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me (including Sex Education)

Each of these will begin with a  whole school worship and then continue with work in class which will be celebrated by weekly Jigsaw ceertificates in our Friday Assembly.

PHSE teaching and learning through Jigsaw includes the teaching of British Values and protected characteristics in an age appropriate way. In terms of content, the Puzzle ‘Celebrating Difference’ is the most pertinent of units for teaching about the protected characteristics, as it focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about
diversity, such as disability, racism, gender, family composition, friendships, and conflict. Children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’. Bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
The ‘Relationships’ Puzzle also has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, equality in relationships, and love and loss – all of which can help to deliver the vital messages behind the Equality Act. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet pupils’ needs and can help them understand
the wider world. The content for both is carefully mapped. 


Relationships & Sex Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces, which are covered in the summer term. 

There are four main aims of teaching RSE:

• To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
• To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and    development
• To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
• To empower them to be safe and safeguarded

Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage.

Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:

• Foundation Stage - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
• Year 5 - Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Year 6 - Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby

We consult our parents every two years regarding the curriculum content and send a letter each year before teaching inviting parents to review the content and contact us if they have any questions. There are direct links in some areas of RSE with our science curriclum. We may adapt the coverage to meet the needs of the class; especially as we have a 2 year rolling programme and want to ensure all children are confident and progress well in their understanding of relationship education. 

As a faith school, we also use 'Body and Soul' in year 6, a resource that complements Jigsaw and teaches children about relationships through our Christian values.

Mrs Allchurch- PSHE and SRE Subject Lead

Our launch/ welcome assembly can be found here: 

Information about the resource can be found :

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Contact the School

Bretherton Endowed CE Primary School

South Road,
PR26 9AH

Headteacher & SENDCO | Mrs A Moxham

School Office Contact:

Mrs Paula Carlyon (Bursar) | Mrs Chrissy Mitchell (Business Support Officer)

NB: All documentation is in PDF format and is downloadable, however, if you require paper copies, please contact the School Office Manager