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Jigsaw - The mindful approach to PSHE

New Siblands School is now a proud member of the Jigsaw PSHE programme, further allowing us to provide a consistent and comprehensive, yet mindful approach to the teaching and learning of PSHE and RSHE.

What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. 

Our teaching and learning of PSHE falls underneath our SEMH curriculum (social, emotional and mental health), and allows pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and as part of the wider society in our ever changing world. 

Health Education is now compulsory in all schools since September 2020 along with Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in all secondary schools and Relationships Education in all primaries.

What is RSHE?

RSHE stands for Relationships, Sex and Health Education.

At New Siblands School, we refer to this as Relationship and Personal Development Education. Please see our Relationship and Personal Development Education Policy in the 'Further Information' section.

Relationship and Personal Development Education is referenced to the lifelong learning about physical, emotional and moral development. It is about the understanding and the importance of relationships, it is not about the promotion of sexual activity. Three key aspects include attitudes and values, personal and social skills, knowledge and understanding.

Relationship education is essential for all pupils; personal development is also important and targeted at pupils in relation to needs and maturity. However, the emphasis is placed on the importance of relationships. Relationship education at New Siblands forms part of the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) area of our curriculum.

As a whole school we are choosing to teach Relationships and Personal Development Education as part of our whole school SEMH curriculum.

As always, we will be respectful of the beliefs, faiths and contexts of our pupil’s families and engage with parents and carers throughout.

The safety and welfare of our students is paramount and alongside this, our school must fulfil its statutory duties but at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate.

Can my child be withdrawn from RSHE lessons?

All schools have a statutory duty to teach pupils the aspects of Relationship Education and Health Education and pupils cannot be withdrawn from these lessons.

As we will be teaching aspects of Sex Education as part of the ‘Changing Me’ unit to suitable pupils, pupils may only be withdrawn from specific lessons relating to human reproduction e.g. conception and birth.

If you feel you would like to withdraw your child from certain or all Sex Education sessions, please contact the Head Teacher, Karl Hemmings, to discuss further.

Please see the 'Further Information' section below for the withdrawal form or more details.

What is Jigsaw?


Jigsaw PSHE The Mindful Approach to PSHE, Well-Being, SEL

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Jigsaw is currently being used in Secondary classes and will gradually be taught across the whole school, embracing the opportunity for a whole school approach to both PSHE and RSE, further increasing the strong sense of belonging amongst the school community. 

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education.

Below this tab is an overview of the 6 learning themes that all pupils will cover throughout the year. These themes are referred to as Jigsaw Puzzles. 

Each Jigsaw puzzle contains 6 lessons and these lessons are referred to as the Jigsaw Pieces.

The learning within each puzzle and its pieces deepens and broadens every year, covering new aspects of familiar topics, naturally allowing pupils to progress and develop social, emotional and mental health. 

The Jigsaw Puzzles (learning themes) are taught in the same order every year.

During the summer terms, the pupils will be learning about various relationships.

A letter will be sent home prior to Jigsaw Puzzle 5 & 6 (Relationships & Changing Me) to provide an overview of content being taught and an opportunity for parents/carers to ask any questions before our learning begins. 

During the Relationships puzzle, pupils will be learning about friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers and, at secondary school, they may learn about intimate relationships.  Pupil's will also learn about healthy relationships, including self respect, consent and how to manage conflict. 

The learning then moves into the 'Changing Me' Jigsaw puzzle during Term 6.

This puzzle includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education and your child may be taught about some of following topics in a respectful and sensitive way:

  • Growing up - how we have changed since we were babies.
  • Boys’ and girls’ bodies; correct names for body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is).
  • How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older.  This is an introduction to puberty and menstruation.
  • Internal and external reproductive body parts - An opportunity to recap the subjects of puberty and menstruation. Conception explained in simple terms.
  • Puberty for boys and girls - Understanding that puberty is a natural process and the importance of looking after ourselves physically and emotionally. 
  • Puberty for older boys and girls - Understanding conception to the birth of a baby. 

Pupils will be taught in groups carefully selected by teaching staff, considering the pupil's age, developmental stage, physically, emotionally and cognitively.


Child-friendly language and appropriate diagrams will be used at all times.

At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate.

If a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (this may be due to its mature or explicit nature), the child will be encouraged to ask their parents or carers at home and teaching staff will contact parents/carers regarding this conversation.

The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s learning.

Teaching staff will also be able to signpost parents/carers to resources that may support them in answering specific questions.

Jigsaw Puzzles (Learning Themes) When will this be taught?

1. Being Me in My World

Includes understanding who I am and how I fit well within my class, school and global community. The Jigsaw Charter is also established during this term.


Term 1

2. Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.


Term 2

3. Dreams and Goals 

Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and themes relating to working together.


Term 3

4. Healthy Me 

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.


Term 4

5. Relationships 

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.


Term 5

6. Changing Me 

This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change.


Term 6