Wrockwardine Wood Infant School and Oakengates Nursery Federation

Personal Social Health Education


What is PSHE?

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives- now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, we use a scheme called Jigsaw which develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Why do schools have to teach PSHE?
Guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum says every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and  in society.
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • Promotes British values- democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Jigsaw supports our ethos and values and everything we are trying to teach the children.
What is Jigsaw and how does it work?
Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
  • To build their capacity for learning
  • To equip them for life.


The Jigsaw approach 


The Jigsaw approach is underpinned by mindfulness. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own judgements and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through both taught lesson and the CALM ME TIME exercises. This helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated.


What will Jigsaw teach my child?
There are six Puzzles (half term units of work) each with six pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same puzzle at the same time. This allows the whole school the ability to celebrate achievements in Jigsaw together. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age-and stage-appropriate way so that they meet the children’s needs.




Each week within Jigsaw there is a weekly celebration with a key theme. Each day a child will be given a celebration sheet in their class and these will be displayed all week and celebrated in Friday’s celebration assembly.


Jigsaw Content

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase, as the table below shows:



Puzzle name


Autumn 1

Being Me in My World

This teaches children what it feels like to belong to their class, school and the global community. They find out about the skills that are needed for learning.

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Children learn that they are special and unique. They learn about different kinds of families. Children learn to recognise behaviours associated with ‘bullying’ (cyber and homophobic bullying are included). They learn about our diverse world.



Dreams and Goals

Children learn how to set goals and make plans to achieve their dreams and goals. They learn about how to work together and encourage each other to achieve a goal. They learn about aspirations and what they may like to do as a job when they are older. They also work together to design and organise fund-raising events



Healthy Me

Children learn about how to stay safe this includes drugs and alcohol education as well as work about Stranger Danger. Children learn about how to keep healthy.

Summer 1


Children learn about friendship, family and other relationships, as well as improving communication skills for conflict resolution.

Summer 2

Changing Me

I know that I grow and change. I can talk about how I feel when I move to a new school. This unit includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) in the context of looking at change.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Our RSE policy follows the statutory guidelines. When parents attend the induction meeting prior to children being admitted we outline in detail the contents of this policy and provide opportunities for questions.

In the summer term we write to parents of Year 2 children to inform them of what will be taught. We also plan meetings discuss the contents of the RES policy and the Jigsaw theme 'Changing Me' 

This ensures we establish a partnership which will:

  • enable us to listen to concerns of parents so they know they will be taken seriously and acted upon

  • enable us to share our approaches and strategies so that we are mutually supportive

If parents prefer to take the responsibility for aspects of this element of education. They have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the relationships and sex education except for those parts included in the statutory National Curriculum (i.e. in Science lessons). We would make alternative arrangements in such cases. Parents are encouraged to discuss their decisions with the Executive Headteacher at the earliest opportunity. 

For more information on our Jigsaw PSHE program please speak to a member of staff or visit the Jigsaw website where you can find more information: