Bratton Primary School


What does PSHE/RSE look like at Bratton Primary School?

Jigsaw is a scheme of work that covers the DfE Guidance for their new Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing and Relationships Education for Primary Schools. This is a compulsory guidance document for schools. Jigsaw uses children’s picture books to start age appropriate discussions with children about meaningful issues within society. Children are encouraged to take part in discussions and activities which include other groups of pupils, grown ups at home and parts of the community. Jigsaw also aims to encourage a love of reading and to increase vocabulary understanding.  The lessons taught in school help children to develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.

Why is PSHE/RSE important?

PSHE/RSE is all about preparing the children for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of life. They need to foster and develop a sense of their own being, their own personality and their own potential. At the same time, questioning moral issues at the heart of life. It is vital that children show an understanding and respect of peoples’ beliefs and cultures, distinguishing between right and wrong as well as acquiring the skills and knowledge to do what is right. This will harness an appreciation of their own culture and of others.

How is our PSHE/RSE curriculum enriched at Bratton Primary School?

At Bratton Primary School, we aim to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour towards the world in which they live.  Across all year groups, children have regular assemblies where our core values are explored and embedded.. The programme builds on effective work already in place in our school as we pay systematic attention to the social and emotional aspects of learning through our whole-school ethos.

Ultimately our PSHRE Curriculum is designed to:

  • Raise our aspiration through exposure of iconic people who have changed the views of others.
  • Celebrate diversity through exploring and enjoying other cultures.
  • Improve our vocabulary through discussing our thoughts and emotions.
  • Promote our health and well-being through knowing how to look our own and others’ mental health.

At Bratton Primary School, RSE is taught through Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons using the Jigsaw programme. For schools in England, the Jigsaw is fully compliant with the statutory relationships and health education guidance (2019) and the National Curriculum.

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of RSE.  Please note that the relationships part of the programme is compulsory for all pupils as part of the statutory National Curriuclum.

PSHE is embedded throughout our curriculum and promoted through our curriculum drivers. We seek to broaden our children’s horizons and expand their knowledge of the world whilst nurturing their interests and encouraging the self-belief and ambition they’ll need to accomplish their goals.

We recognise that children’s mental health and well-being is of paramount importance in our ever changing world. We endeavour to model through our own actions and actively teach children to become resilient, responsible and compassionate citizens of the world. We provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos.

British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

PSHE Curriculum

PSHE is taught across the school from Year R – Year 6 and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. The curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE).

Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world.”

“With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.”

Jigsaw PSHE supports our intent and develops knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Change Me

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

In Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each Piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations, enabling children not to empty their minds but to quiet them and become aware of the activity within them and manage it positively.

Jigsaw PSHE is fully compliant with the DfE Statutory Relationships & Health Education (RSE) Guidance. The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the Jigsaw Programme. Jigsaw’s philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others.

Beyond the planned programme for PSHE education, the curriculum provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, social development and economic education.

These include:

  • Assemblies of Celebration
  • Rewards linked to promoting curriculum driver and whole school ethos
  • Circle times
  • Sports clubs
  • Drama, music activities and productions
  • Residential visits and day trips
  • Clubs
  • Social and fund raising events
  • Theme days/events, for example World Book Day, Mental Health Awareness, Anti-bullying, Internet Safety
  • Visitors to promote health and wellbeing

Jigsaw snapshot overview map

RSHE a guide for parents and carers

Jigsaw Information Leaflet for Parents and Carers 2021

Jigsaw 'Changing Me' knowledge organiser and progression grid for parents

Jigsaw 'Relationships' knowledge organiser and progression document for parents