St Nicholas Church of England Primary School

PSHE and RSE

(Relationships and Sex Education)

At St Nicholas CE Primary we have adopted a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 

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.

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

The different puzzle pieces are:

  1. Being Me in my World

  2. Celebrating Difference

  3. Dreams and Goals

  4. Healthy Me

  5. Relationships

  6. Changing Me

Relationships & Sex Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term. 

There are four main aims of teaching RSE:

  • To enable children to understand and respect their bodies

  • To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development

  • To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image

  • To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.

Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), this information with be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme.

Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:

  • Foundation Stage - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
  • Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
  • Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
  • Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
  • Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
  • Year 5 - Puberty for boys and girls
  • Year 6 - Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below.

Priorities 22-23

Priorities for this academic year:

  1. To promote and establish a whole school culture of positive mental health and wellbeing. 

  • Create and promote a provision map to signpost all stakeholders on where to access mental health resources and support. 

  • Ensure all staff feel confident teaching RSE units.

Key Documents

Jigsaw Information Leaflet for Parents and Carers

LGBTQ Parent Leaflet

PSHE Jigsaw 3-11 Snapshot Overview Map

RSHE - A guide for Parents and Carers

UK 3-11 SMSC and Emotional Literacy Mapping

UK British Values in Jigsaw by Lesson