PSHE Overview – Jigsaw Themes

Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Being Me in My WorldCelebrating DifferenceDreams and GoalsHealthy MeRelationshipsChanging Me


Our intention is that when children leave Bournebrook, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.


EYFS – In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals. Reception also uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work materials.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive progressive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.

Pupils are taught PSHE using ‘Jigsaw’ which is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and ‘aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

At Bournebrook, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain. The Sex Education aspects of PSHE are also taught through the ‘Jigsaw’.

PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World

Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy Me

Summer 1: Relationships

Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

It also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

Wider Curriculum 

We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindsets in all aspects of school life.

PSHE, including SMSC and BV, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.

Visitors such as emergency services and the school nurse complement our PSHE curriculum to offer additional learning.         

We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of faith, hope and love.                                                                                                                 

Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.                                                       

PSHE, BV and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.


By the time our children leave our school they will:

be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life

be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society

appreciate difference and diversity

recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty

be  able to understand and manage their emotions

be able to look after their mental health and well-being

be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.

 understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level

 have respect for themselves and others.

 have a positive self esteem

Mental Health and Well Being Strategies.

We have used the ‘Bottled’ resource and ‘Zones of Regulation’ to create our own four point emotional scale.

The four ways we describe our feelings are:

Spilt- Need some support to get ready for learning and to regulate myself, things are outside of my control- I am feeling sad/ confused/ worried

Still- Ready for learning. I am feeling calm and relaxed

Fizzy- I need some support to help me get ready for learning and regulating myself. I am feeling excited/ nervous/ worried /upset.

Explode- I am dysregulating I need lots of help/ support or time to help me regulate. I am not ready for learning.

Brain Breaks

During the day the children are encouraged to look through their brain break booklet and use some of the strategies to take a ‘brain break’. Children can do these activities in their seat, they do offer a few moments of reconnecting.

Some of the strategies we use are listed below:

Body breakPicture
Arm Pretzel  
Gentle Hand Massage  
Seat Push-up  
Gentle Arm Massage  
Palm Push  
Count to Ten  
Pressure Points  
Finger Tapping  
Pause Point  
Star Breathing  

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