At Ark Castledown we know that the key to being a well-rounded member of society is being able to form effective and fulfilling relationships. We recognise that mental health and its management is becoming a key issue in today’s society. All children will have the opportunity to learn to manage emotions and stress in safe and positive way through the teaching of practical strategies.  Children will leave us with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. 

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. At Ark Castledown we are proud to teach Jigsaw PSHE. Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development. 

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. 

An overview of the areas taught can be seen here:

Ark Castledown Primary Academy PSHE Curriculum.pdf

Mental Health Awareness

World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

We like to talk to children in assembly about looking after our mental health and how we can help each other by Talking- Listening- Telling.