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PSHE Intent

At Hemington, the curriculum for PSHE/Citizenship links closely to our policies and practices promoting safeguarding, social, moral, spiritual and citizenship development and British values. It also plays an important role in implementing the protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010.

The PSHE curriculum helps children to develop the knowledge and skills needed to access the wider curriculum. It encourages them to work collaboratively with others and to make a positive contribution to the life of the school. Ultimately, the curriculum will prepare children to be a global citizen in a diverse society and the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they can look forward to in later life.

The curriculum will be progressive and will reflect the needs of our children within the core themes of health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Each phase builds on the vocabulary, knowledge and skills taught previously to allow children to acquire further knowledge, know more and remember more.

Teachers will use the Jigsaw PSHE programme to equip children with an age-appropriate, sound understanding of risk, developing the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions and to recognise the importance of their own mental health and well-being. The curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of RSE, as set out in the statutory guidance. All children will learn how to keep safe and how to develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.

Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core school values: respect, responsibility and readiness.

 PSHE Implementation

The teaching and learning of PSHE is taught through the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme. Through the use of Jigsaw, our children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need in order to manage their lives now and in their futures. Our PSHE curriculum develops the qualities and attributes that children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of an increasingly complex national and global community. Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons, which focus on a different topic each term. The knowledge, skills and understanding gained from these lessons is also woven into our strong, caring relationships and nurturing learning environment, where everyone is supportive and encouraging and where our children have the confidence to apply the skills that they are developing and make links to other areas of learning.

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covered 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)

 PSHE Impact

By the time that our children leave Hemington Primary School, we want them to be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life. It is our aim for all children to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. We want all of our children to have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. Our children will have a tool kit to be able to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Through the teaching of PSHE, we want all pupils to have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society, with a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.

Our learning is enriched through the use of:

  • PicNews
  • Circle time
  • Discussions
  • Film/videos
  • Displays
  • Class ‘floor books’ – celebration of learning
  • Assembly themes
  • Visiting speakers, for example, school nurses, PCSOs etc
  • Drama – different scenarios




Our PSHE learning is carried out through cycles so all skills and knowledge are covered over a two year period.

Please click on the links below so see the Jigsaw scheme of work we use and the skills/knowledge progression document.

Jigsaw overview-map


Sex and Relationship Education

The purpose of statutory RSE and non-statutory Sex Education is to assist young people to prepare for adult life by supporting them through their physical, emotional and moral development. Hemington’s programme is designed to help them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships.

 The school publishes this policy as statutory requirement with the following aims:

  • To offer a clear guide to parents, staff and visitors, defining RSE as a subject and explaining its delivery at school.
  • To set out the curriculum requirements of RSE and explain what should be taught and when.
  • To give information to parents and carers about their involvement with RSE.

We believe that RSE should contribute to the foundation of PSHE and Citizenship by ensuring that all children:

  • Develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.
  • Are able to name parts of the body using the correct vocabulary and describe how their bodies work.
  • Can protect themselves and ask for help and support.
  •  Are prepared for puberty.

The RSE teaching and learning programme will contribute to the school’s overall aims by helping children to:

  • Develop their full potential.
  • Make decisions and understand their consequences.
  • Have self-confidence and high self-esteem.
  • Have respect for themselves and respect other members of society.
  • Be able to make good relationships with other children and adults around them.
  • Manage risk and develop protective behaviours.

More specific aims for RSE are:

  • To offer a planned programme of education about human development, relationships, sexuality and family life which is developed in response to the age and maturity of the child.
  • To encourage pupils to develop an understanding of risk and safety and provide them with the motivation and skills to keep themselves safe.
  • To encourage pupils to recognise, prepare for and manage growth, development and change for themselves and those around them.
  • To encourage an appreciation of the values of family life and to reinforce the role of parents/carers as a major influence on the growth and development of their children.
  • To reflect on their emotions and relationships in an environment where they do not feel threatened.
  • Be aware that changes of a physical, emotional and social nature at puberty are normal in both genders.
  • Ensure they feel supported during these changes and have some skills to manage changing emotions confidently and sensitively.
  • Develop decision making skills, through considering moral dilemmas and have opportunities for critical thinking.
  • Recognise and challenge stereotypes for example in relation to gender/sexuality.
  • Learn to make choices and understand they have rights, including the right to say “NO”. 

In summary we will:

  • Develop an inclusive anti bullying approach
  • Know the children and their family backgrounds and embrace different families
  • Address staff training needs
  • Use Jigsaw materials which address and celebrate difference and ensure we are promoting an environment where all children and their families are welcome.

Please see the link below for a the policy in full.

Relationships and Sex Education Policy