Jigsaw PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education

We are proud to be a Flagship Jigsaw School!


Intent – Why we teach PSHE.

The skills taught in PSHE enable pupils to develop the skills they need to flourish in the wider curriculum and in life as a whole. PSHE helps pupils to understand their own personal value, and how as individuals, they fit into and contribute to the world. PSHE helps to develop emotional literacy, build resilience and supports mental and physical wellbeing, in turn supporting emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


Implementation – How we teach PSHE.

To ensure a depth and accuracy of learning which builds upon prior learning, all classes undertake weekly PSHE lessons which follow Jigsaw 3-11, a fully planned and spiralling/progressive PSHE scheme. As a school, we follow a set theme each half term, which is introduced, in a whole school assembly.




There are 6 lessons per theme and every lesson has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) (in purple) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills (in green). Lessons are underpinned by the Jigsaw behaviour charter, which reinforces respect for each other – taking turns, being kind and positive and respecting confidentiality.


The 6 Jogsaw themes are;


  • Autumn Term Being Me in My World Celebrating Difference (including Anti-Bullying)

  • Spring Term Dreams and Goals Healthy Me

  • Summer Term Changing Me Relationsips (including Relationships and Sex Education)




Assessment in Jigsaw is both formative and summative. Pupils record sessions in their Jigsaw Journal where they are also able to identify areas for self-improvement. To support teachers in tracking, there is a ‘Summative Assessment: tracking pupil progress’ sheet. This sheet has three attainment descriptors for each theme, supporting future planning as well as identifying children who may need more support with emotional literacy or social skills development.


Impact – What the effect is.

The impact of our PSHE teaching is evident in school life as whole – in pupils’ good behaviour, their attitudes to learning and their respect, care and understanding for and of, each other.

Jigsaw raises self-awareness, group awareness, collaboration skills, teamwork experience, respectfulness, etc., preparing children for the wider world and their position in it.

Relationships and Sex Education


At Newington Academy our RSE curriculum is firmly embedded in our Jigsaw (PSHE) curriculum


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 will 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

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below:


Department of Education RSE guide for parents

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools





RSE_primary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf