Intent: Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum will encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. We believe that children are all individuals and this will be promoted through discussion and encouragement of tolerance. Children will be equipped with strategies to help them calm their minds, identify and solve problems and seek out help to enable them to be independent, resilient and develop practices for good emotional and physical wellbeing.

The Aims of PSHE at OBPSN: At OBPSN School, we teach PSHE using a whole-school approach. We believe this best supports children’s individual and community development while developmentally staged approach also considers appropriate content and learning capacity as children move through school, revisting themes in a spiralling curriculum which builds incrementally on learning throughout the school journey.

The Jigsaw Programme offers a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.

The Jigsaw Programme is aligned to the PSHE Association Programmes of Study for PSHE.

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE).

At OBPSN we value children’s development as human beings and members of society and see PSHE as a playing a key role in developing skills and tools to enable them to understand and respect themselves and others, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. Planning includes diverse representations of families and people, recognising that children’s experiences can be broad, but also limited within the geographical and social context of the school.

Additional enriching experiences to promote understanding and awareness outside of the PSHE lesson are also promoted.

Whole-school approach

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year. A ‘puzzle’ refers to units of learning, which all fit together cohesively.




Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

Jigsaw Charter established. Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community.

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding.

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society.

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise.

Summer 1:


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss.

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change.


At OBPSN every class has one lesson of PSHE of around an hour each week in order to teach knowledge and skills in a developmental way. Ideally, class teachers deliver the weekly lessons to their own classes as we recognise that they develop strong and trusting relationships with their classes that best support teaching PSHE. Our PSHE provision incorporates Relationships, Health and Sex Education in an integrated way.

Explicit weekly PSHE lessons are reinforced through a range of ways:

Assemblies and collective worship, praise and reward systems (particularly the Windmill), the Learning Charter and class agreements, through relationships child to child, adult to child and adult to adult across the school. We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community, such as using explicit praise and ‘pausing for thought’ when emotions run high.

To ensure progression and a spiral curriculum, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to children’s needs. The mapping document: Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education, shows exactly how Jigsaw and therefore our school, meets the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme.


Teachers assess their classes PSHE skills through discussion-based feedback and tasks they complete during the lessons. Additionally, teachers consistently consolidate the learning from PSHE through all areas of the curriculum and evidence is apparent in the children’s language, attitudes, values and behaviour. Children are encouraged to reflect on their own understanding and progress in a self assessment within each lesson.


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