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PSHE and Relationship Education



At WPA, we use Jigsaw as a whole school approach to deliver personal, social and health education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. This approach enables our children to identify their feelings and emotions and regulate their own behaviour. 


Jigsaw PSHE is a progressive and spiral scheme of learning. In planning the lessons, Jigsaw PSHE ensures that learning from previous years is revisited and extended, adding new concepts, knowledge and skills, year on year as appropriate. The planning overview draws out the knowledge and skills progression within all six Puzzles (units of work) including the key vocabulary used in each year group; explicit links to the DfE statutory Relationships and Health Education outcomes and teaching are clear in each Puzzle.



Our intention is that when children leave WPA, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.


Our PSHE teaching using Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and it helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw enables us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Our lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, focus and self-regulation. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.



Our PSHE programme is implemented weekly in EYFS and bi-weekly from KS1, using the progressive planning documents. It offers a comprehensive programme for Primary PSHE, including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a progressive and fully planned scheme of work. This gives our children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.  


PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s themes. There are six half termly units designated so that the whole school can study the same learning themes at the same time, each group at its own level.  They are sequential and developmental throughout each academic year.


1. Being me in my world includes understanding in my place in the class, school and global community

2. Celebrating difference includes anti-bullying (cyber and bullying included) and diversity work.

3. Dreams and Goals includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.

4. Healthy me includes drug and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

5. Relationships includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

6.Changing me this includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change


It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.


Wider Curriculum and PD  

  • We believe that focusing on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking.
  • PSHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area such as History and RE.
  • Visitors such as emergency services, police officers, mayors and other key figures complement our PSHE curriculum and BV to offer additional learning.          
  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities
  • Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school. We also develop PSHE, SMSC and BV  in assemblies, and through whole school events such as Harvest festival
  • We have weekly celebration assemblies.
  • The School Council and Eco Committee are also an important part of developing citizenship and promoting health and well-being for our pupils.
  • Older pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a residential school visit that is an important part of their PSHE education.
  • Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship such as charity fundraising, local community events (with the WCC, local schools etc.), planning of special school events (such as an assembly, open evening), or involvement in helping other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves.
  • We ensure we are included in various workshops, trips and experiences that allow children to develop their self-confidence.
  • We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers, police and local leaders, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community.              
  • PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.
  • Each year group’s overview is planned with clear themes, experiences and values.


By the time our children leave our school they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others and positive self esteem



Jigsaw PSHE Overview

Relationships & Sex Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which are 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 with be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.

Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:
• Foundation Stage - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
• Year 5 - Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Year 6 - Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby


RSE - Relationships and Sex Education


All schools were required to consult with parents and carers about their Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.  At WPA, we consulted in Summer 2021 and 2022.  Details of our policy and curriculum can be found below.  


We believe that all aspects of PSHE and RSE are vitally important and are a key part of how we support children to be confident individuals who can positively face the successes and challenges of life and that they are appreciative and respectful of other people's uniqueness, and recognise and celebrate their own.  


At WPA, we have been using the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum for a number of years. This meets the statutory requirement of the RSE curriculum and our consultation proposal is that we continue to use these same materials.



This is an explanation of the statutory curriculum that all schools must teach in their RSE Curriculum.

This is the Jigsaw Information for Parents and Carers about the Jigsaw RSE Curriculum.

This is a copy of the Jigsaw PSHE and RSE Curriculum Map which gives more detail about what's covered in each year group and the progression across the school.


Our School policy is always available on the policies page of the website.


RSE consultation - Powerpoint 



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