Wrockwardine Wood Infant School and Oakengates Nursery Federation

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)

What is PSHE?

PSHE Education 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

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1:


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) in the context of looking at change

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 sex and relationship 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: