PSHE including RSHE (JIGSAW)

At St Paul's CofE (VC) Junior School we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. 
Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 
Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

What is PSHE?

PSHE Education (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
• promotes British values.
From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).
The Jigsaw Programme supports all.

What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?

Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.
Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school age range. Written by teachers and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).
Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout the Jigsaw scheme. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural learning opportunities are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.  Please click on the image below to see the SMSC Mapping Links across the Jigsaw scheme.

British Values

Jigsaw contributes, as a good PSHE programme should, to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.  The 5 strands of the British Values (Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutaul Respect, Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs) have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson). Information regarding this can be found by clicking on the image below.


Relationships, Sex and Health 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.

Draft Policy and Parent/Carer Consultation

This academic year The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships, health and sex education (RSHE).  In order to ensure we are meeting the statutory curriculum we are reviewing our RSHE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSHE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their: Age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds, special educational needs and disabilities.

As part of our curriculum and RSHE policy review, we would appreciate your views. Whilst there may well be differences of opinion about our RSHE provision, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools' decisions on when and how certain content is covered and enable us to reach a general consensus. We would like to invite you to read our draft policy and see our Jigsaw Curriculum.  Please click on the parent consultation link below to access our questionnaire.  The questionnaire will remain open until 15th March 2021.

Documents to download


Diary Dates