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To support the children in Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) we have chosen to follow the Jigsaw mindfulness scheme. This is a comprehensive whole school approach for PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education. It is a fully planned progressive scheme of work from EYFS through to Year 2, giving the children relevant learning experiences to help them understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world and encouraging them to set simple goals for themselves to manage their own behaviour as well as develop resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. We have chosen this approach as it has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy and social skills, building safe, healthy and successful relationships. They will also learn about how they can make a difference to their local and wider community.



Through the scheme we teach Mindfulness. This is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen and helps us focus our minds on what we choose to focus on rather than all the other things happening around us. Jigsaw is split into six themes:


  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating Differences
  • Dreams and goals
  • Healthy me
  • Relationships
  • Changing me.


Children who have been taught this approach can more readily choose how to respond to situations rather than just react, helping them make good behaviour choices, concentrate on their work and lessen stress and anxiety.


We believe that effective RSE is essential to enable our children to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives. These lessons are not delivered in isolation but are firmly rooted in our PSHE curriculum through Jigsaw. The aim of RSE is to help and support children through their physical, emotional and moral development.


The children are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when and how they can seek support from others. They will apply their understanding to their interactions with each other, small groups, the whole class and to the wider community of which they are a part


Jigsaw is 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.


These puzzles each cover a half-term of work. Each year group teaches six lessons in an age and stage-appropriate way so that they meet the children's needs.


There is a clear progression of social, moral and cultural understanding across the school. Each lesson is taught as a whole class. An important feature of Jigsaw is to ensure that all children are taught as a class in a calm, safe environment and each session follows the same structure:


1. Review - children review their class charter.

2. Calm me - all children and adults sit in a circle. The session is started by the sound of the Jigsaw chime. Children have the chance to relax and focus on their breathing.

3. Connect us - this part of the session includes a game in which the children get to know something new about each other.

4. Open my mind - this introduces the children to the new concept they will be thinking about for the remainder of the lesson.

5. Tell me or show - this part of the session allows children to put into practise the concept they are learning about through different medians such as art, drama or literacy.

6. Let me learn - Children have the opportunity to feedback and show their understanding of today’s concept to the rest of the class.

7. Help me reflect - Before the session finishes, children come back together in a circle and all have the opportunity to share their learning before the session closes.


During Jigsaw sessions, all children are encouraged to speak freely in front of the class group, encouraging clear communication. Respect and toleration of others is expected and children are given time to reflect on their learning and themselves as people.


Other school initiatives that support the development of PSHE include:

  • Anti-bullying week 
  • NSPCC; Speak Out Stay Safe
  • Children's Mental Health Week
  • Internet safety 
  • Clever Never Goes - stranger danger
  • Values assemblies
  • School Council
  • Playground Buddies
  • Sports festivals and competitions
  • Class helpers



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. It is evaluated through monitoring change and development of behaviour, assessing strands of PSED in the Early Years Foundation Stage and assessing the themes of the Jigsaw curriculum in Key Stage 1.


Visitors to our school are routinely asked to provide feedback on their experience and we are frequently praised for our welcoming ethos and the excellent behaviour and attitudes of our children.


This is our Jigsaw Charter. We 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 a chance to listen to others