Life Skills

Running through everything we do is an emphasis on developing children's ability to cope with real life situations

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We place a strong emphasis on teaching children practical skills that will enable them to live successful independent lives. We include First Aid, Cycle Training, and an annual programme of Life Education.


The Life Skills Centre

In Year 6, children visit the Life Skills Centre in Bristol. There they find a mock up of a small town where they can learn about all sorts of hazards they might encounter in the home or the locality. They learn practical skills, such as how to make a 999 call, what do do if you smell gas, and how to stay safe on the roads.

Bikeability Training

We offer all children in Years 4 and 5 the chance to do Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeability training. We use trained instructors from Bristol City Council. Henleaze Junior School trains more children in bike safety than almost any other school in Bristol!

First Aid Training

Each year, children in Years 4, 5 and 6 participate in First Aid lessons. They learn how to react in the event of emergency situations, how to keep themselves safe, provide appropriate support to an injured person and call for help. In Year 6 they learn how to administer CPR.

PSHE - including Relationships Education

We wish children to develop a strong sense of values which guide their choices in life and to develop self-esteem and a positive attitude towards others. As well as explicit teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), we are committed to providing excellent pastoral care, ensuring every child feels valued.

We use the Jigsaw scheme as a structure for our PSHE and Relationships lessons throughout the year. The whole school assembly programme addresses each theme, and teachers follow up with lessons in class, making use of the resources available online to support them. Jigsaw is endorsed by Bristol's Public Health Team and is used in a large number of schools.

We teach children how to develop healthy relationships with each other both in the taught curriculum and at playtimes. We use Circle Time and Drama in classes to enable them talk about and act out their emotional responses to different situations. We help them to help each other resolving conflicts, using strategies such as The Three Steps.

The Three Steps

The Three Steps is a process we use that helps children to resolve their own conflicts without needing to involve an adult.

Sex Education

Since 2019, Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory in all secondary schools. Relationships Education is compulsory in primary schools. Sex Education is non-statutory in primary schools, but we believe it is important for children to learn about this important aspect of relationships. They learn about their bodies and how they change as they grow. We provide a safe environment in which they can talk about their feelings and ask questions. The materials we use, from the Jigsaw scheme, are sensitively written and appropriate to the age group.

The Relationships and Sex Education Policy is reviewed by Governors regularly.


The Jigsaw scheme includes lesson plans, online resources, classroom posters and teaching aids. There is a well planned progression from year to year, and the scheme is fully in line with current best practice and the latest statutory requirements for schools.