Teaching of PSHE

At Coombe Hill Junior School we pride ourselves on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum and this includes a PSHE curriculum tailored specifically to the needs of our pupils.

In September 2020, we launched a new PSHE scheme of work in line with the recent guidance from the DfE.

Our new scheme of work includes a focus on understanding emotions, mindfulness, physical and mental health, respecting difference, relationships and sex education. The PSHE currciculum is taught by class teachers on a weekly basis and includes discussion, circle time, role play and written activties.

What are our aims for our pupils in PSHE?

  • To be happy, confident and enthusiastic young people who feel ready to transition into secondary school and ambitious about the next stage in their lives.

  • To leave us equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for their future.

  • To know how to keep themselves happy and motivated so that they are better able to engage in their learning across all subjects.

  • To know how to keep themselves and others safe and ensure they understand how to seek support when it is needed.

  • To have a growth mindset and to recognise that, in any context, asking for help is a sign of bravery not weakness.

PSHE roadmap

Our PSHE lessons can be sorted into three overriding topics:

  • health and wellbeing

  • relationships

  • living in the wider world

Each half term of learning is focussed on a key learning question. You can see the yearly overview of the topics covered in each year group within the document below:

PSHE yearly overview 2020-2021
Copy of PSHE curriculum overview 2019 - 2020

Examples of what is disucssed in a PSHE lesson can be seen here.

Lesson 4 - How can I recognise if I am feeling unsafe?
Lesson 8 - What is good about our differences?

At Coombe Hill Junior School we use 'Zones of Regulation' in school to support pupils to identify and understand their emotions. Children are tuaght that that it is ok to be in any of the zones at any given time.

No one is always in the green zone! And that is ok!

It is our aim that all of our pupils will be able to identify which zone they are in. Once they can do this we begin to investigate which specifc emotion thye are experinecing. Then we teach pupils some useful strategies to help them to self regulate.

Zones of Regulation Sept. 2022

Pupils are taught about the 'Zones of Regulation' in PSHE lessons, circle time activties, assemblies and through our Behaviour Regulation Policy.

You can see an example of a 'Zones of Regulation' assembly here.

Here you can see some examples of our PSHE lessons focussing on 'Zones of Regulation'.

  • Year 3 begin by learning what the zones are and identifying how themesleves and others are feeling.

  • Year 4 focus on learning strategies to manage their emotions and move themselves from blue, yellow or red back to green.

  • Year 5 learn how their emotions and behaviours can impact on others.

  • Year 6 reflect on all they have learnt and apply this to their feeligns about transition to secondary school.

Lesson 9 - What emotions can I feel and how can I categorise them?
Lesson 10 - How can I recognise and talk about my emotions?
Lesson 3 - How do my feelings and behaviours affect others?

Please see the Suitcase of Resources from the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) below.

KRSCP Suitcase of Links.pdf

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. If you have concerns about this element of the curriculum please get in touch with Mrs Englefield (PSHE Lead) via