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Grangetown Primary

PSHE & rse


PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education, and RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education. Our approach in these areas is mainly drawn from the Jigsaw scheme - this combines PSHE, RSE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 

PSHE at Grangetown Primary School helps to build well- rounded young people, who are ready for their next stage of life and education.  Our children learn to be themselves, appreciate their differences, have dreams and aspirations, be healthy (both mentally and physically), make relationships and cope with changes in their lives. Children in Nursery to Year 6 take part in weekly Jigsaw lessons which build upon key skills and themes each year. These themes are age appropriate and support children when transitioning to the next year group. The children will meet a new Jigsaw piece each year accompanied by the Jigsaw Chime and Jerrie cat. This makes PSHE relatable, memorable and approachable for our youngest children.  Jigsaw has close links to mindfulness which creates a calm, welcoming environment to learn about the key themes. Children are excited to talk about what they learn in their sessions and know that PSHE is an opportunity to talk about their personal lives and those around them. Our PSHE curriculum provides our children with lots of enriching experiences across the year. We have whole school themes based around books, assemblies, visits from members of the local community, leadership roles (School Council, buddies etc) and Anti Bullying Week. These enhancements all link closely to the Jigsaw theme and to current school experiences.

Intent, Implementation, Impact


At Grangetown Primary School we offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to ‘Reach for the Stars’ and develop to their full potential.  Our school is a place where their achievements and successes are shared, celebrated and rewarded.   Our children are at the heart of our curriculum and we encourage children to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

We want our children to become ‘lifelong learners’ equipped with the skills for today’s society.  We provide children with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations.

Our PSHE Curriculum Framework is a whole school approach so that different year groups will be working on the same themes at the same time throughout the year. This allows for collaboration across classes and Key Stages to take place and enables school to link the PSHE curriculum to our whole school and class assembly’s assemblies. This whole school approach ensures children can build on what they already know and deepen their understanding.

As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere.


Our school follows Jigsaw, a whole school approach to teaching PSHE.  At Grangetown Primary School we deliver the PSHE curriculum through discrete teaching of the subject as well as utilising first hand experiences and sharing good practice.  PSHE is taught weekly in class however, there are also opportunities to make cross curricular links as well as teaching PSHE as a result of something that has arisen in class.  We ensure that all adults in our school have high expectations and have a responsibility to be role models to our children. 

Across the year children will cover 6 themes in class:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

These themes will also form the focus for class assemblies and whole school assemblies as well as the songs being incorporated into our music curriculum.


Through our PSHE curriculum we ensure that children have a sense of purpose.  Our children value themselves and others and respond appropriately to others by communicating effectively.  They have the skills to develop healthy and positive relationships now and in the future.  Our children can make healthy choices and make informed decisions.  Children demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of law and Liberty.

As a school, we also measure the impact of RE through;

  • Children’s understanding, knowledge and skills which are assessed through observation, discussion, questioning and written work (where appropriate)
  • Discussions with children about their learning and TINT sheets completed after PSHE lessons
  • Monitoring by PSHE lead by discussions with staff, children, evidence of work, displays, assemblies, Sea-Saw evidence

PSHE & RSE Policy

Our PSHE Policy is here.

PSHE Curriculum Map

Our Curriculum Map for PSHE is here.

Long Term Planning

Our PSHE long-term planning (from our Quest document & based on Jigsaw) is here.

Medium Term Planning

In PSHE, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of learning throughout school, from Nursery to Year 6. Jigsaw is made up of 6 puzzles each year and there are 6 pieces (lessons) to complete within each puzzle. The scheme has a comprehensive set of daily lesson plans which teachers adapt and follow to best meet the needs of each individual class. The plans include a list of the key vocabulary which should be taught within each lesson.

With the Changing Me unit of work, the planning and vocabulary has been adapted by our PSHE team to ensure that it is age appropriate and best meets the needs of our children. An additional information sheet can be found here which is accessed by class teachers prior to teaching this unit of work to ensure that the correct objectives are being taught as well as the correct vocabulary introduced.

The scheme follows a sequence which sees each year group completing the same puzzle at the same time, allowing for progression to be evident year upon year. Completing the same unit at the same time allows for whole school celebration events to take place such as assemblies addressing an issue relevant to the learning in each class. For example, each year in Spring 1, we hold assemblies where each class can share the goals which they have set for themselves to achieve in the New Year.  Our curriculum map can be viewed here.

A typical lesson consists of; an introduction where reference is made to the Jigsaw charter, a calm me moment using the jigsaw chime, an introductory game, a main teaching point and an activity which the children either complete practically or in the form of a written task.

PSHE in Action - Case Studies