Our PSHE curriculum aims to support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable our pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Know how to keep themselves safe
  • 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

Jigsaw PSHE & C

At St John VIanney, we use the Jigsaw programme to deliver a quality PSHE & C curriculum. However, JIgsaw is much more than a PSHE scheme of work. It provides a structured programme to nurture the ‘whole child’ and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice.


Relationships Education

From Summer 2021 (delayed due to the pandemic), relationships education is statutory in all primary schools. Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. The Jigsaw programme used for our PSHE lessons and the Journey in Love aspect of our RE lessons ensures that all statutory elements are being taught. Consultation with parents about the content of our curriculum is ongoing, but the following leaflet also provides guidance.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) Development

Every Jigsaw lesson from Early Years to upper primary offers opportunities for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group.
Likewise, Jigsaw is designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practise and enhance the five skills associated with the emotional literacy (self-awareness, social-skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings). We believe that these opportunities are vital for children’s development, their understanding of themselves and others and in increasing their capacity to learn.
The following link give a quick visual reference and summary of where these opportunities sit within Jigsaw.

Progression in PSHE & C

We recognise that all pupils are individuals and will make progress at different rates in their personal and social skills, just as they do in all other academic subjects. However, the careful planning for each unit within the Jigsaw scheme demonstrates the progression year on year as our pupils move through the program. 



Parliament Week (November 2021)

Year 6 learned all about how government works and experienced a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament. They created their very own Houses of Parliament in the school hall in order to debate the pros and cons of school uniform before carrying out a secret ballot.

Anti-Bullying Week (November 2021)

Every week is anti-bullying week at St John Vianney, but we know the importance of recognising this annual event to remind everyone about the key messages of anti-bullying. The week started with an ‘odd socks’ day when we celebrated our differences and uniqueness as a whole school in assembly before Key Stage 2 classes took part in the big live lesson from the BBC.

All the classes through school continued to learn about anti-bullying back in class: Reception learned a crucial lesson about name-calling from a bruised apple before making kindness jars for every child in the class; Year 1 created their own kindness paper chain; Year 2 learned that unkind words cannot be ‘put back in’ just like toothpaste cannot be put back in the tube!; Meanwhile, Year 6 created their own kindness ripple all around the classroom and discussed how creating a culture of kindness will stop bullies from being able to prosper.

St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Elton Head Road, Sutton Heath, St. Helens, WA9 5BT
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