As a Church of England School, we strive to ensure that our pupils develop the 'whole child', including their personal and spiritual development. In doing so, we aim to instil virtues and traits into our children so that they recognise and appreciate the variety of cultures, beliefs and diversities in the world.


Whilst we know that there are many factors that enable children to personally develop, throughout our curriculum we enable children to do so through the study of Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).


At Essendon, our children develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions. In doing so, children can reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions.

Our units of work come from the Discovery RE scheme. Discovery RE is an enquiry approach to Religious Education for Primary Schools. Modules cover Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism to both engage and challenge children with their understanding of RE.
Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment each year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way.

RE skills ladder

Whole school RE overview map

Homewood visitor to discuss Christian beliefs

At Essendon Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach. We use The Jogsaw Programme to support our teaching and learning of PSHE. The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. 


From September 2020, schools will have a statutory duty to deliver a Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) to pupils. We use the Kapow Programme to support our teaching of this, with explicit teaching units on relationships and sex education. These are delivered thoughtfully in an age appropriate way and after consultation with our stakeholders. 

PSHE & RSE skills ladder

Whole school PSHE & RSE overview map