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Christ Church CE Primary School

'Let your light shine' Matthew 5:16


Statement of Intent


PSHE education is quite simply a curriculum for life - PSHE Association



At Christ Church Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural 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 healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

At Christ Church Primary School, the intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all, that will maximise the outcomes for every child, so that they know more, remember more and understand more. PSHE is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Our school values, our golden rules and the wider opportunities that we provide for our children, all complement and enrich learning in PSHE, British Values and social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. We follow the Jigsaw scheme of work which aims to support the development of the ‘whole child’, by helping them to understand how they are developing personally and socially as well as promoting their mental and physical development.


We aim to teach pupils to:

  • have a sense of purpose
  • value themselves and others
  • form successful relationships
  • make and act on informed decisions
  • communicate effectively
  • work with others
  • respond to challenge
  • be an active partner in their own learning
  • be active citizens within the local community
  • explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • become healthy and fulfilled individuals




At Christ Church Primary School we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE. It brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Weekly lessons help teachers to focus on their children's needs and to enjoy building a relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings.


Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Learning is scaffolded with vocabulary banks, displays and pre-teaching where necessary. Children have the opportunity to express their opinions and feelings through discussion, drawings and drama as well as written work. 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. By revisiting topics each year and building upon prior knowledge, the children are supported in knowing more, remembering more and understanding more.



Children and their learning benefit when they are aware of their feelings in the moment, as they happen, on purpose and with no judgement. In Jigsaw, mindfulness is developed in 3 ways: 


1) through the "calm me" part of each lesson. Breathing techniques, visualisation and awareness activities help children to become aware of their feelings and manage them positively. 

2) through the taught curriculum. Jigsaw lessons help children explore thoughts and feelings, expand their emotional vocabulary and express themselves in a safe environment.

3) pause points in each lesson allow children the time to "stop and look inside," to notice and process their emotions. 


Each puzzle has two learning intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and the other is based on emotional literacy and social skills development.


The Six Puzzles in Jigsaw are designed to progress in sequence:


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)

British values
Jigsaw PSHE helps promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The five strands have been mapped across every puzzle and every piece: 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

Every Jigsaw lesson, from EYFS to Year 6 offers opportunities for the children's SMSC development. This is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group: 

When we ask our children at Christ Church, they are confident and able to talk about what they have learned in PSHE, using subject specific vocabulary. Children tell us that they enjoy PSHE and are able to recall their learning over time. Their written work and consultation demonstrate that they are taught at an age-appropriate level. They are able to tell us how they can keep themselves safe and healthy, both physically and emotionally.

Progression of Skills and Vocabulary

PSHE around Christchurch

Some of our PSHE work