At Threshfield Primary School, we teach focussed PSHE lessons by using the Jigsaw Scheme as a foundation for our lessons. Using this as a foundation, we have then built on this curriculum to personalise it to support adn enhance our unique setting. 

Jigsaw brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week structure. We ensure the significance of this subject by having it on a Monday to start our week, in all classes across school. At the beginning of each half term, the new theme is introduced by the Headteacher during the whole school assembly. The Headteacher then delivers weekly, Monday assemblies, connected to the theme. 

Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6.  

Every year group covers the same ‘piece’ of the Jigsaw at the same time, these are:

  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

We selected Jigsaw because it holds children at its heart and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value who they are and how they fit and contribute to the world.

The Intent of our P.S.H.E Curriculum

Threshfield Primary School is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all pupils. Our curriculum determines and underpins the whole ethos of our school. At Threshfield, our personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum brings together citizenship with personal well-being, whilst promoting fundamental British values. Although PSHE is taught through discreet lessons, it also underpins all activities, assemblies, educational visits and extra-curricular clubs. It is intended that we will offer a cohesive whole-school approach which enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society.

The Implementation of our P.S.H.E Curriculum

PSHE is taught across the school continuously during discreet lessons, assemblies, school clubs, school events and break times. In addition, PSHE is integrated into our full curriculum through SMSC and our school values.

Our PSHE curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development for our pupils preparing them for life in the wider world. Threshfield Primary School children are taught:

To develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

  1. Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
  2. The skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
  3. Opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self- confidence, self-esteem, and empathy.


The provision is planned to ensure development in Physical, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), occurs daily. In provision, children will explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, self-confidence and self-awareness, rules and routines, empathy and restorative justice.

In EYFS, KS1 and KS2:

We use the Jigsaw Approach as our curriculum planning. Topics in the programme of study are: Being me in my World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, Changing Me. Each topic begins with a whole school assembly introducing the theme and the theme is displayed in the hall so that everyone is aware of what the theme for each half term is.

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons).

Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health.

Each class creates a Jigsaw Journal which includes examples of work undertaken during discrete Jigsaw learning. These provide evidence of learning and a tool to promote discussion with the children about their learning.

In order to enhance our PSHE curriculum and to make it more meaningful to the children we have aligned our curriculum with current safeguarding issues (e.g. county lines, Trick or Treating, Water Safety). This learning is supported by visitors into school (e.g. teh Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, NSPCC). Mental Health awareness and learning is also aligned to ensure children have discreet teaching and any stigma around mental health is removed. 

The Impact of our P.S.H.E Curriculum

Children demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty. They demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and this is evident in the good behaviour seen across the school, both in the school and the playground. Pupil voice is used to measure children’s understanding.

The enhancements mean that Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.

Furthermore, the impact of our PSHE provision can be seen in the children’s social interactions, after-school club attendance, school governors, house captains, play leaders and digital leaders.

Relationships and Sex Education

At Threshfield, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) forms a vital part of our curriculum, both within PSHE lessons and beyond, and supports our pupils throughout their childhood as well as preparing them for adult life.

RSE teaches the children how to form and expect healthy and positive relationships with other human beings, in both online and offline contexts, regardless of differences such as age, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity and religion. Our commitment to considering the RSE curriculum in all aspects of school life, including school displays, classroom visuals, lesson resources, reading materials, break times, and all other curriculum subjects, means that our children are immersed in a culture of inclusion and equality, thereby ensuring that they grow up to embrace difference and accept others without prejudice or discrimination.

RSE also includes the discrete teaching of aspects that are delivered through PSHE lessons such as puberty and sex education