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Piecing Together PSHE (including RSHE)



Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge,

skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives

and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.


All children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to life in school and the community.   In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.   They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.   They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and they learn about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of the community.  They also learn to understand and respect common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.




What PSHE and RSHE looks like at Walford Nursery & Primary School


PSHE and RSHE are taught through the Jigsaw programme using a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work which gives our children the relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.



This whole school approach, with a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental health, enables our school to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE to all children.  Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness, allowing our pupils to develop their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


Our philosophy is to ensure that:


  • through the delivery of the Jigsaw programme, our children will acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives both now and in the future;

  • the school provides our children with experiences to develop the qualities and attributes that they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community;

  • we value ourselves as unique human beings who are capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical growth and development;

  • we value others for themselves;
  • we value relationships as fundamental to the development and fulfilment of ourselves and others, and to the good of the community;
  • we value truth, freedom, justice, human rights, the rule of law and collective effort for the common good;
  • we value the environment, both natural and shaped by humanity, as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration.




What does our PSHE and RSHE curriculum look like?


Through the teaching of PSHE, we deliver a broad and balanced programme using the Jigsaw modules which promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils.

We prepare children at school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  British Values are promoted through school life and the teaching of the PSHE modules.  Through this programme, Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) will be taught sensitively and will be age-appropriate.  Pupils will develop confidence, resilience, independence and strength of character, through participation in PSHE lessons.


By the end of EYFS, children will have had an opportunity to have started to explore the puzzles relevant to their age and stage of development, focussing on the key values to let children build their capacity for learning and equip them for life.  Children will become confident, resilient and independent whilst developing a  strength of character, in line with their age and developmental stage.


By the end of Key Stage 1, children will have built on their knowledge of the six puzzle pieces including learning about themselves and their world, understanding difference, relationships, being healthy and their dreams and goals.  This is delivered in an age appropriate and sensitive manner.


By the end of Key Stage 2, children will have completed all of the units of the Jigsaw programme and will have a greater understanding of themselves, their feelings and emotions, the world around them, relationships and cultural difference.  During the later years of Key Stage 2, children will also complete Relationship, Sex and Health education, in line with the statutory 2020 guidance.  The Jigsaw programme will also be used to deliver topics which will cover relationships, health and the changing adolescent body (also covered in the Science Curriculum).  These topics and themes will be taught in a sensitive and age appropriate manner.


This is how the Jigsaw programme works:


  • Each year group is taught six puzzles (units of work) across the year.  Each unit of work developed, builds on each puzzle piece, in the following order, each year:

    • Being Me in My World

    • Celebrating Difference

    • Dreams and Goals

    • Healthy Me (statutory content for Health Education)

    • Relationships

    • Changing Me


  • Each year group is taught one lesson per week, in an age and stage appropriate way.

  • Every lesson includes mindfulness practice.  Mindfulness helps every member of the class to observe their own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement.  The Jigsaw chime and Jerrie Cat allow for learning to be embedded as emotions and behaviour are self-regulated.


Adults will:


  • deliver exciting progressive Jigsaw puzzles which build on prior knowledge to enable a greater capacity for learning and to equip each child for life;

  • create an environment that supports learning and engages children’s interest in the part of the puzzle piece being studied, e.g., Jerrie the Cat, chime, soft toy puzzle piece;

  • undertake regular professional development;

  • conduct learning walks to see evidence of PSHE and RSHE being taught across the school.


Children will be supported by: 


  • numerous opportunities to talk to a member of staff, if they wish, after a lesson has been delivered to ensure their wellbeing is being supported;
  • differentiated work so that all pupils are able to meet the learning objective;

  • small group / 1:1 adult support given where required;

  • the use of effective questioning;

  • the use  of teacher and self-assessment to quickly identify any child who requires additional support in specific areas.  These pupils will then receive additional support or resources to use.


Children will be challenged by:


  • differentiated lessons;

  • the use of effective questioning;

  • additional activities to stretch the learning within the lesson.


All children can access the curriculum by:


  • pre taught sessions, when appropriate (SEND or EAL);

  • seating children alongside good role models who can provide additional support;

  • providing visual/practical prompts;

  • teaching lessons using a range of different techniques to appeal to different learning styles, e.g., videos, drama, etc.


Alongside the Jigsaw programme, children also participate in a range of the following activities:


  • SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) is evident in all lessons;
  • children learn about British Values in lessons which highlight their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms about law, justice and democracy;
  • opportunities are given across the curriculum to explore diverse beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as UK and global citizens;
  • role-play elections, where parties have the opportunity to rally for support and then a vote is held;
  • anti-bullying themed days, including workshops delivered by visitors, e.g., Drama companies (Power of One), Extreme Sports, BMX riders, etc;
  • E-safety lessons delivered throughout the year as part of the Computing Curriculum;
  • Year 6 Crucial Crew;
  • Year 6 STAR and SELFIE workshops;
  • all age groups are taught RSHE using the Jigsaw programme;
  • daily incidental PSHE sessions to support all children in dealing with the events of daily life.





What you will see in lessons:


  • happy, engaged and respectful learners;

  • children asking questions and offering a range of answers;

  • children working independently and in pairs or small groups;

  • a range of activities, including the use of technology;

  • perseverance;

  • self-motivated children;

  • children talking about, sharing and reflecting on their learning; 

  • children focusing on a puzzle piece and demonstrating the ability to listen to the ideas and opinions of others.


How we know how well children are doing:


  • weekly lesson specific participation for each year group throughout the school;

  • marking and feedback by teacher and peers;

  • photographic and video evidence;

  • displays of work in classes;

  • completed Jigsaw self-assessment/reflection sheets;

  • assessment tracked at the end of term and entered onto our internal assessment tracking system;

  • learning walks, book scrutiny, pupil interviews and planning audits;

  • evidence on Twitter;

  • photo reels on the school website.


Through the effective teaching and learning in PSHE, children will have the ability to build on their capacity for learning, by being:

  • inquisitive learners;
  • reflective learners;
  • children who are well-rounded human beings, equipped for life.


Through the delivery of the PSHE and RSHE, children will:


  • understand how to eat in a healthy way and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle which will enable them to keep physically and mentally healthy;

  • have a developing understanding of age-appropriate healthy relationships;

  • have an understanding of British Values and Cultural Capital;

  • understand how to engage with the views, beliefs and opinions that differ from their own, developing understanding and appreciation for these differences;

  • understand how to be responsible, respectful and active citizens, who can contribute positively to society;

  • know how to debate ideas in considered and age-appropriate ways.

Cultural Capital


At Walford Nursery & Primary School, cultural capital is the variety of experiences, skills and knowledge children need to prepare them for future success.  We provide all of our children with the opportunities to experience a wide range of activities they may not otherwise experience in their lives, as the exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, teamwork, curiosity and creativity. 


Opportunities include cross curricular learning, Breakfast and After School clubs, music teachers, performances in and outside of school, access to a wide range of sports and coaching, off site visits, residentials and a variety of workshops delivered by school visitors.

PSHE and RSHE Policy

Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Progression in PSHE and RSHE - a brief overview of Jigsaw’s content by Puzzle (unit of work) and by year group

PSHE Vocabulary Progression

Opportunities to Promote British Values in PSHE


The Jigsaw materials fully cover Fundamental British Values as part of our school’s SMSC provision.


Opportunities to Develop SMSC and Emotional Literacy in PSHE


Every Jigsaw lesson from Early Years to upper primary offers opportunities for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group.

Likewise, Jigsaw is designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practise and enhance the five skills associated with the emotional literacy (self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings).

Government Guidance - Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Piecing Together PSHE: Class 6 Dogs Trust Workshop - Be Dog Smart!

Year 1 - Being Me!

Piecing Together PSHE - Class 6 STAR (Stop, Think, Act, Reflect) Workshops with PSCO Anna

Piecing Together PSHE Year 5: Celebrating Difference

Piecing Together PSHE in Year 1

Piecing Together PSHE in Class 4 ~ Martin Luther King Day

Enriching Experiences ~ KS2 Eco Members Visit Ross Community Garden

Hands Up for the Planet ~ Climate Change

Piecing Together PSHE in Class 6 ~ Mervin Morgan Tree Planting Project

NSPCC ~ Speak Out, Stay Safe

Piecing Together PSHE ~ Year 6 Peak to Peak and Growth Mindset Day