PSHE overview and skills

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education teaches children to:

  • understand and respect the diversity and differences in our communities
  • form effective and fulfilling relationships 
  • build emotional resilience

All are an essential part of life and learning.

We encourage children to reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing.  They learn to recognise their self-worth and become more responsible for their own learning and behaviours.

We use the 'Jigsaw' scheme of work to support teaching of PSHE. Jigsaw is a mindful approach that brings together:

  • PSHE
  • emotional literacy
  • British Values
  • social skills
  • spiritual development

It is a whole school approach, with all children working on the same theme from Early Years up to Year 6. We introduce the focus for each term with a whole school assembly and songs. 

There are six puzzles (themes) that progress across the school year building on skills. In each puzzle there are six pieces (lessons). Each piece has two learning objectives:

  • a specific PSHE learning goal to support the needs of children today, and
  • a focus on emotional literacy and social skills.
You can see which puzzle is taught in each term in our Table of coverage.

Each week children will have circle and reflection time. During these lessons, we have ‘calm me time’ to aid focus and concentration. We use breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations.

For more information, see the Jigsaw website and our PSHE Skills Progression  and RSHE Skills progression documents.