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Our PHSE Curriculum


What is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)?


Pupils at Cumwhinton School need knowledge that will help them to make good, informed decisions about their well-being, health and relationships in order to be happy and successful throughout life. 


Everyone faces difficult decisions in their lives so we want our pupils to put this knowledge gained from our RSE Curriculum  into practice.


Our RSE curriculum will support pupils to develop their resilience, to know how and when to ask for help from trusted adults around them.


Our RSE curriculum also helps us to promote the moral, spiritual, social, cultural, mental and physical well-being of all our pupils.


'Our RSE curriculum is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. 


It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching.” [Sex and Relationships Education Guidance ref DfEE 0116/2000].'


At Cumwhinton School we use the Jigsaw PSHE programme. 


Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. 


See below for more details.


See our RSE School Policy for more information.



PHSE Video

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Please find attached a presentation from Mrs Mitchell on the important subject of Relationships & Sex Education which links to our PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) programme 'Jigsaw'. The presentation takes you through how our school is delivering both the statutory and non-statutory parts of this important area of learning.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) Policy (including Relationships, Sex and Health Education)

Our School Commitment to Relationships and Sex Education

DFE Statutory Guidance: Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education



Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE.  It is a comprehensive Scheme of Learning for PSHE Education including emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development, for pupils aged 3-11 years. Jigsaw provides a universal whole-school curriculum that enables mental health, nurtures children's positive relationships with themselves and others, providing a whole school approach to delivering this important learning.  However, the Jigsaw PSHE programmes are far more than curriculum programmes. They offer whole-school opportunities e.g. assemblies, end-of-Puzzle displays, Weekly celebrations, music and songs, to reinforce the curriculum work and enhance the positive ethos of the whole school community.


In Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, mindfulness is developed in 3 main ways:


  1. 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


  1. through the taught curriculum. Lessons (Pieces) help children to explore their thoughts and feelings, to expand their emotional vocabulary, explore thoughts-feelings-consequence sequences, build their confidence and express themselves in a safe environment.


  1. through the ‘Pause Points’ in lessons (Pieces) which ask children to ‘Stop and look inside’ to practise observing their thoughts and feelings relating to what they are learning about in that lesson.


How is the EYFS section of Jigsaw PSHE organised?


There are six Puzzles, one for each half-term through the school year.

The Six Puzzles


The six Puzzles in Jigsaw are designed to progress in sequence from the beginning to the end of the academic year.


Autumn 1: Being Me in My World


Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)


Spring 1: Dreams and Goals


Spring 2: Healthy Me


Summer 1: Relationships


Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)


There are six learning sessions in each Puzzle, each has two pages, the first shows teaching and learning activities structured into four sections:


Calm Me

Interest me

Help me learn

Let’s think.

The second page of each session gives:

  • mapping grids showing coverage of ELGs in PSED and UW (and, when appropriate PD). and characteristics of learning;
  • ideas for child-initiated, adult-led, home/family and outside learning; displays; assessment and cross-curricular opportunities and resources;
  • bubble-ups (making a note of child’s response for his records on a Post-it)


This is often followed by the resources needed e.g. stories.

Jigsaw Jenie will also help as a teaching tool and talking object. Jigsaw Jerrie Cat will help with Pause Points.


Jigsaw PSHE for the EYFS is more than medium-term planning.   It supports our early years’ team to offer our youngest pupils an excellent and rich foundation for their learning and development.


Jigsaw Y1 - 6


The Six Puzzles (Themes/ Units of work)


There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:


Term 1: Being Me in My World


Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)


Term 3: Dreams and Goals


Term 4: Healthy Me


Term 5: Relationships


Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Education)


Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons) which work towards an ‘end product’, for example, The School Learning Charter or The Garden of Dreams and Goals. Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (purple) and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development (green).


The whole school works on the same Puzzle at the same time, meaning that each Puzzle can be launched with a whole-school assembly and learning can be celebrated by the whole school in a meaningful way.


What will Jigsaw teach my child?


The overview below summarises the content in each of Jigsaw’s units of work (Puzzles):


Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.


Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normality’. Anti-bullying, including cyber and homophobic bullying, is an important aspect of this Puzzle.


Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what their personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, using team-work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for their community and the world.



Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional/mental health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid). Most of the statutory content for Health Education (DfE) is contained within this Puzzle.


Relationships starts with building a respectful relationship with self and covers topics including families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to online safety and social networking. Children learn how to deal with conflict, build assertiveness skills, and identify their own strengths and strategies for building self-esteem and resilience. They explore roles and responsibilities in families and friendship groups, and consider stereotypes. .


Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, puberty, self-respect and safeguarding. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school and how to cope positively with such changes. Life cycles and human reproduction are taught in some year groups at the school’s discretion. See school policy.


Jigsaw has produced a separate leaflet explaining the approach taken with Relationships and Sex Education. (See below).


The Jigsaw Charter

  • We take turns to speak
  • We use kind and positive words
  • We listen to each other
  • We have the right to pass
  • We only use names when giving compliments or when being positive
  • We respect each other’s privacy (confidentiality)

Jigsaw PSHE 3 -11/12 Content Overview

SMSC and Emotional Literacy domains in Jigsaw 2nd Edition

Including and valuing ALL children What does Jigsaw teach about LGBTQ relationships?

Relationships Education, Health Education and Sex Education in the Primary School