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Norwood Primary & Pre-School


PDL - (Personal Development Learning)

Personal development learning (PDL) (previously PSHE) is a non-statutory subject. However, Relationship and Health Education are covered during these lessons and, as of April 2021, these are statutory. At Norwood Primary School we believe PDL enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach the children how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through teaching and the school council. We teach them about rights, respect and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.


At Norwood Primary and Pre-School we have a whole school approach to teaching PDL. All year groups follow the programme of study from Jigsaw, which is a mindful approach to teaching PDL. Each piece begins with a whole school assembly to hook the children into the new theme, these are then followed up by age appropriate weekly lessons completed in class by the class teacher. At the end of each piece we come back together as a school to celebrate the learning that has taken place, this might be by developing a whole school learning charter, a whole school display or presentations.


All year groups complete the following puzzle pieces:


  • Autumn 1 - Being Me In The World
  • Autumn 2 - Celebrating Difference
  • Spring 1 - Dreams and Goals
  • Spring 2 - Healthy Me
  • Summer 1 - Relationships
  • Summer 2 - Changing Me



EYFS and Jigsaw