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PSHE at Tower Road Academy


At Tower Road Academy, PSHE is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum as it enables us to have a clear focus on knowledge, health and diversity in our discreet weekly PSHE lessons which enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. By merging aspects of Jigsaw’s progressive and sequenced programme with the needs and context of our own school, we provide knowledge and skill development that is consistent and clear, as the whole school works on the same learning theme at the same time.

Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Raising aspirations for our children cultural capital is woven into lessons where appropriate and relevant helping students to understand and navigate a rapidly changing 21st Century world. Citizenship at school, community, national and global levels are integral, as is personal development, creativity and celebrating achievement.


How do we implement PSHE at Tower Road?

Weekly lessons, assemblies and celebrations (which focus on positive behaviour, character attributes and values), and opportunities to celebrate learning through songs, all work together to provide multiple opportunities for children to grow and develop into the best version of themselves, regardless of background, ability and additional needs. Our PHSE curriculum follows six half-termly themes that run throughout the school from EYFS to Y6 and has been designed to build resilience and determination.

· Being Me in My World

· Celebrating Difference

· Dreams and Goals

· Healthy Me

· Relationships

· Changing Me


The approach to our PSHE curriculum is as follows:

  • We use a clear and comprehensive scheme of work (Jigsaw) in line with the National Curriculum with opportunities to link to British Values, SMSC and our school’s core values from EYFS to Year 6.
  • As a school we highlight numerous key national campaigns throughout the year including Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Safer Internet Day to both children and their families.
  • Our PSHE curriculum supports the day-to-day experiences of our children in school and challenges of growing up: we encourage safe and understanding discussions about issues that may occur, and refer to strategies learned to help self-manage behaviour and feelings.
  • Each class has a JIGSAW charter displayed and the children are aware of the core values of the classroom being a safe place to share their opinions and views.
  • Links between PSHE and other curriculum subjects are carefully considered and enhance the children’s understanding and learning.
  • Whole school, Key Stage, year group and class assemblies make relevant links to PSHE and allow for emerging issues to be dealt with (that may not fit in to the current theme of the PSHE lessons), brought to the attention of the children and dealt in respectful, caring manner.
  • In EYFS and KS1 each class teacher maintains a ‘Jigsaw Journal’ to store the children’s learning and discussions, KS2 produce at 3 pieces of work in individual books for each half termly unit.
  • Children are encouraged to volunteer for jobs within the school in a wide range of roles, e.g, Reading Ninjas, recycling club and playground buddies.


By the time that the children leave Tower Road in Year 6, we aim for all children to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere; to have a good understanding of how to stay safe (including E-Safety), healthy and develop good relationships; to have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society and to have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.

At Tower Road, skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The Jigsaw Journals allows us to ensure consistency in year groups and progression throughout the school; teachers will be aware of the discussions and learning that has taken place in previous years and will be able to build on that within the next year.

Cross-curricular reading in our PSHE curriculum.


Years 1 and 2



Years 3 and 4




Years 5 and 6





 PSHE links for kids!


Childline (0800 1111)

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Anti-Bullying Links

What do children at Tower Road say about PSHE?

What can I do at home to support learning in PSHE?

Classroom work