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Thorner C of E

Primary School

Proud to be a part of the Elevate Multi Academy Trust

0113 2892541

Kirkhills, Thorner, Leeds LS14 3JD

Mrs G. Whawell - Headteacher

An inspirational place to learn and play, helping us make the most of everyday “All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23)

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (including Relationships & Sex Education)


‘An inspirational place to learn and play, helping us make the most of every day’ 


At Thorner CE Primary School, it is our intent that all pupils will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain and the wider world. We offer a nurturing and inclusive learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their individual achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.  Our PSHE curriculum is tailored to the needs and requirements of our school community, and we adapt our curriculum to meet any specific needs. As a school, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy, caring and inspirational environment. We have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. We provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Through the delivery of the Jigsaw scheme, our pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to prepare them for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.  It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community. 


Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school from EYFS to Year 6 on an equitable basis considering individual needs including SEND, during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which are adapted throughout for the needs of particular year groups and pupils.  Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. The Jigsaw curriculum for PSHE focuses on different themes each half term and these are embedded throughout all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the pupils they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. 

Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps all pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Pupils at Thorner CE Primary School also acquire an understanding and experience 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. 

Our PSHE curriculum is enriched further through whole school opportunities such as Forest School sessions, Commando Joe’s Character Development Programme, Picture News Assemblies, Values Awards, School Council, Play Leaders, Jass Leaders, Worship Leaders and House Captains. Enrichment opportunities are also used, such as special days or weeks (for example Anti-bullying Week, Mental Health Week, Internet Safety Day, Take Over Day, Careers Fairs, Drug Awareness, Primary Choices and Self Esteem Workshops). We promote our Christian Values in our local community and the wider world through our active participation in fundraising.  As well as this, additional professional support and advice is sought from organisations such as CAMHs, the Educational Psychology team and the EPOSS cluster. 


At Thorner CE Primary School, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our Jigsaw lessons so that all pupils flourish as lifelong learners and ensure that we provide the support that is necessary for all to achieve whether that be in class or with additional identified support. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance pupils’ education and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals.  Teachers will use multiple methods to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils learning, to ensure that pupils make progress. The range of measures used include: 

  • Continuous assessment from teachers during individual lessons, to adapt and plan for necessary changes within the scheme based on individual need. 
  • Pupil voice surveys are used to assess knowledge of themselves as learners and be emotionally confident within the school. 
  • Circle times, class assemblies and whole school worship allow opportunities to address needs as they arise. 
  • Through meta-cognition and a growth mindset approach pupils are able to explain their learning and identify their own areas for development. 
  • Book looks and learning walks are used to gain a holistic understanding of the whole child’s learning including pride in their work, self-confidence, as well as their ability to explain their learning. 


To view our RSE & PSHE Policy please click here 

Here's what our children say: 

“I like PSHE because we can discuss everything that is happening to us and also what is happening in the world around us.” (Sofia) 

“When doing PSHE I have learnt that we are all different and everyone should be treated the same.” (Louis) 

“I like the calm me part of PSHE as it is relaxing and it helps me to focus my mind and also makes me think about being responsible.” (Ben) 

“I have enjoyed PSHE and I have learnt that we are all unique.” (Freddie) 

“PSHE has taught me how to calm down and to respect other peoples’ opinions.” (Joseph) 

“PSHE has taught me to respect others.” (Max) 

“I like our PSHE lessons because I learn to be kind and why I should be kind. I can also share how I am feeling and not be judged.” (Darren) 

“I really enjoy PSHE because the discussions we have are amazing and we all really get into it.” (Sophia) 

“I enjoy hearing other peoples’ opinions in PSHE.” (Scarlett) 

“From PSHE I have learnt to always be kind to everyone. I also enjoy how we all share our ideas and they aren’t judged.” (Noor) 

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