At St Mary’s we recognise the value of PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. It enables our children to develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, both in the present and in the future, to promote emotional regulation and build emotional resilience.

The PSHE curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.

We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme.

How we teach PSHE

At St Mary’s we use a scheme called 'Jigsaw' to teach our PSHE curriculum, which includes Relationships, Health and Sex Education.

Jigsaw is the mindful approach to PSHE. It brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

The programme of study is adapted to provide a relevant and age appropriate curriculum. Jigsaw is designed as a spiralling whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle piece) at the same time.

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Each Puzzle begins with an introductory whole school assembly and the specially composed original songs are introduced to reinforce the learning messages.

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 in Relationship Education

Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of looking at change


Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons) which are approximately 45 minutes each. Every lesson follows a set structure; Calm Me Time, Connection, Open mind, Tell Me or Show me, Let me learn, Help me reflect.

Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health. Every Piece contributes to at least one of these aspects of children’s development.

Mindfulness is at the heart of the Jigsaw scheme and each session starts with a mindfulness activity promoting focus and concentration to ensure children are ready for learning.

The Jigsaw Charter encourages positive behaviours for learning and respect for others.


Each year group has a specific Jigsaw piece who helps, during discussions, with the expectations of the Charter. As the piece is passed round the circle of children, it is a tool to enable everyone to have a voice.

Jenie:Ages 4-5, Jack:Ages 5-6, Jo:Ages 7-8, Jaz:Ages 8-9, Jez:Ages 9-10, Jem:Ages 10-11, Jello:Ages 11-12


At St Mary’s most of our classes include two year groups. Jigsaw is planned in single year groups, so we have decided to follow a two year rolling programme so that all children experience all aspects of the teaching within each unit piece over their time in a Y1/Y2, Y3/Y4 or Y5/Y6 class. The exception to this is in term 6 for the KS2 Sex Education lessons, where the classes are split up according to their year group and taught the relevant age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education information.

During the year we supplement the scheme with cross curricular activities making sure that children learn about how to keep safe: Safety around Fireworks, Road Safety, Safety in the home, Sun Safety, On-line Safety, Water safety etc.

How PSHE is assessed at St Mary’s

PSHE is assessed using teacher judgement against the two specific learning intentions taught that term; one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development which enhances children’s emotional and mental health. The Teacher will assess whether pupils in each year group have achieved the 'expected' age related standard