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“Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.”

Guidance: Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, June 2019.

PSHE curriculum statement

At Lindfield Primary Academy we believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic (PHSE) education is integral to providing a board and balanced curriculum. We believe that good quality PSHE education prepares children for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, whilst also supporting the well-being of the children throughout their school career.

The Jigsaw PSHE scheme taught at Lindfield Primary Academy, covers many spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) issues that affect the children as they progress in their school career. Additionally, the Jigsaw scheme significantly contributes to the British Values agenda through direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning the children take part in.

Our PSHE curriculum also will equip children with an age appropriate understanding of RSE (Relationships and Sex education), stretching from EYFS to Year 6. We believe that Relationships Education at Lindfield should teach the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults.

Our curriculum intent for PSHE

With these aspirations, our intent for the PSHE curriculum are:

  • To promote children’s moral, social, spiritual, cultural and physical development through a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.
  • To build a PSHE curriculum which builds an understanding of RSE. This will allow children to develop safe and healthy relationships now and in the future.
  • To develop children’s self-confidence and self-esteem so they can be active and happy members of the school community.
  • To provide children with opportunities for gaining cultural capital (either within school or in the local community).
  • To understand factors which allow us to have a healthy lifestyle.
  • To understand the importance of British values.

Our PSHE curriculum is planned to develop children’s wellbeing and help them grow into active, healthy, responsible and enterprising individuals.

We will implement these intentions by:

The Jigsaw scheme is based upon a whole school approach to PSHE which is progressive and sequential. The scheme is structured into 6 half-termly units of work, mapped out like puzzle pieces. These comprise of the units; 'Being Me in My World', Celebrating Differences', 'Dreams and Goals', 'Healthy Me', 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me'. There are 6 Jigsaw puzzle friends for each year group. Every year group works on the same theme each half term. This enables the learning message to be reinforced through whole school activities, such as assemblies. In EYFS children work towards individual goals within each Jigsaw piece, such as ‘being a good friend’ and are awarded their own special ‘scroll’ certificates to celebrate this!

Mindfulness activities are key components of the Jigsaw PSHE lessons. The children reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling issues that are part of growing up. The Jigsaw PSHE lessons help the children develop their self-belief, realise their value and encourages them to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. In addition, the children develop understanding of their place within the wider community, and are taught how to resolve conflicts, develop collaboration skills and respect for others.

Our PSHE jigsaw pieces!