At Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy, we believe that personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.

We aim to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. PSHE/RSE is at the heart of our school ethos.

We are dedicated to ensuring that ‘The school is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school’. Behaviour and attitudes to learning are underpinned by values taught through PSHE/RSE lessons and are integral to the success of the whole school.

We teach PSHE/RSE in a variety of ways. We use ‘The Jigsaw’ scheme in all classes from Nursery to Y6. This takes the form of a weekly half hour lesson and has been really successful.

Jigsaw is a scheme of work that brings together PSHE/RSE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw is designed as whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (‘puzzle piece’) at the same time.

Each ‘puzzle piece’ starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Lessons follow the same structure each week starting with a warm up game, followed by some meditation before a class discussion and then an activity based on the discussion that has taken place. Each class has their own Jigsaw friend and children who have demonstrated the values looked at are rewarded with badges during a celebration assembly at the end of each unit. In addition to Jigsaw, PSHE/RSE is taught through other areas of the school’s curriculum e.g. RE, assemblies, circle time and science.

Jigsaw Information for Parents

This is a short article outlining what the JIGSAW programme has to offer. It explains briefly what is taught in each ‘piece’ and how mindfulness is woven into each session.

Jigsaw – Information for parents and carers


Jigsaw RSE – A Guide for Parents

A details and very useful article explaining how RSE is taught through JIGSAW.  The leaflet breaks down what is statutory, what is taught through science and what is taught in each year group.  It explains why children need to know about relationships, puberty and human reproduction.  There is also a great section which gives you tips on how to talk to your child about these issues at home.

Jigsaw RSE – A guide for parents and carers

Jigsaw LGBTQ parent leaflet

Relationships education is now statutory.  This leaflet explains why the inclusion of LGBTQ resources and discussions are so important to ensure all children feel included and accepted.  It explains the benefits of teaching children to accept difference and to foster good relationships with others.  on the flip side it shows children how language can be manipulated to cause offence deliberately or accidentally.

The leaflet explains how LGBTQ issues are addressed in lessons, shows resources that may be used and has a really useful question and answer section advising parents and teachers how to respond to questions around the LGBTQ community.

Jigsaw-LGBTQ – What is taught in our schools

Jigsaw Statutory Relationships and Health Education Map

A useful guide that shows the statutory objectives that are in the National Curriculum.  It shows what the objectives are in each year and what Jigsaw piece they will be taught through.

Jigsaw Relationships Statutory Objectives and Tracking Grid

Vote for schools

The children attend a weekly assembly to discuss a new ‘question of the week’. Children then continue this discussion in their classes. This gives them the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics and share their views and make a vote.








British Values

British Values Charter

British Values

Subject Leader/s

Mrs T Hill

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