Intent: Why do we teach PSHE?

At Walmsley CE School, we are introducing a whole school Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) scheme called Jigsaw. PSHE helps to develop emotional literacy, build resilience and support mental and physical wellbeing, in turn supporting emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Implementation: How do we teach PSHE?

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

There are Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display or assembly to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group teaches six lessons per half term and all lessons are delivered in an age and stage appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

This is Our Jigsaw Charter. We will use our Charter in all of our Jigsaw lessons, to ensure that each child has a voice and the right to give their own opinions as well as the chance to listen to others.

The Puzzles (one per half term) and what children learn:

Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice. 

Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’ and bullying – what it is and what it isn’t.

Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for their community and the world. It’s great for children to have this experience, to think ambitiously, and to have aspirations.

Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.

Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to Internet safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes.

Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to a new school. This puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles and how our body changes.

Impact: What is the effect?

The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life as a whole – in the children’s good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.


Relationships & Sex Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which will be covered in the summer term. 

There are four main aims of teaching RSE:

• To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
• To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
• To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
• To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.

Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), this information will be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. A parent consultation took place in the 2023 academic year to introduce our new scheme: Jigsaw.


Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage.


Jigsaw Knowledge Organisers

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The “Changing Me” Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw (Summer Term 2) covers RSE as well as other curriculum lessons. RSE is not statutory at Primary level.  As stated before, the puberty work in Jigsaw fulfils the requirements that sit under the ‘Changing Adolescent Body’ strand of statutory Health Education, and parents cannot withdraw their children from this.

Correct terminology for body parts is introduced early to normalise this biological vocabulary and to support safeguarding. These words are not used in isolation but always in conjunction, ensuring children know these are private parts of their bodies.

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education can be found in the PSHE policy.


PSHE Jigsaw Documents

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