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King's Court First School

Caring, Sharing and Learning Together

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 PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) at King's Court First School 

PSHE through Jigsaw



Our aim is for every child to be 'caring, sharing and learning together' and we value celebrating success in school life to enable our children to become life-long learners and responsible citizens in society.


Our intent is that our children are happy, confident, self-assured independent learners. These are reflected in our behaviour code of practice: Ready, Respectful, Safe and the Royal, Red Crowns of learning behaviours. That they; develop a sound understanding of risk, gain knowledge to keep themselves healthy, gain knowledge to make safe and informed decisions, develop character virtues through the Royal, Red Crowns of learning.


At King’s Court we have adopted the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of learning which sets out a progressive and sequential programme evidenced by the developmental learning intentions written into all the materials.  We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme. To ensure progression, we use Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, as our chosen teaching and learning programme and tailor it to the children’s needs.


We value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.


This also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.


Children will be able to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Through regular PSHE lessons, assemblies, class lessons and cross curricular learning, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing in school life and the wider community.



At King’s Court First School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.  PSHE is embedded through all lessons during the school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to be Ready, Respectful, Safe and follow the Royal, Red Crowns of learning.


The Aims of PSHE/Jigsaw within King’s Court are to provide children with:


• Accurate and relevant knowledge

• Opportunities to create personal understanding

• Opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities

• A range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings.


Our PSHE policy is informed by existing DfE guidance:

  • Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education in England (statutory guidance).
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (statutory guidance).
  • Respectful School Communities: Self Review and Signposting Tool (a tool to support a whole school approach that promotes respect and discipline).
  • Behaviour and Discipline in Schools (advice for schools, including advice for appropriate behaviour between pupils).
  • Equality Act 2010
  • SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years (statutory guidance).
  • Alternative Provision (statutory guidance).
  • Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (advice for schools).
  • Preventing and Tackling Bullying (advice for schools, including advice on cyberbullying).
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools (advice for schools).
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission Advice and Guidance (provides advice on avoiding discrimination in a variety of educational contexts).
  • Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools (guidance for maintained schools on promoting basic important British values as part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC).
  • SMSC requirements for independent schools (guidance for independent schools on how they should support pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).


What we teach?

The King’s Court curriculum incorporates elements of the Jigsaw programme to cover the statutory Relationships and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.


PSHE is detailed in the King's Court First School Curriculum and each class across the school studies the same theme each term, to ensure progression and greater depth learning from year group to year group.

Term Puzzle (Unit) Content

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference Includes anti-bullying and understanding

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society

Spring 2: Healthy Me Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise 

Summer 1: Relationships Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, love and loss

Summer 2: Changing Me Includes Relationships in the context of coping positively with change


As a first school, we only follow the Jigsaw mapping document until the children reach year 4.


The mapping document - (PSHE Curriculum Map, PDF listed below): Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education, shows how our school, meets the statutory Relationships and Health Education requirements. 


Relationships Education

Relationships Education covers ‘Families and people who care for me’, ‘Caring friendships’, ‘Respectful relationships’ and ‘Keeping safe online’.

It is important to explain that whilst the Relationships unit in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Relationships Education, some of the outcomes are also taught elsewhere in Jigsaw e.g. the Celebrating Difference unit helps children appreciate that there are many types of family composition and that each is important to the children involved. This holistic approach ensures the learning is reinforced through the year and across the curriculum.


Health Education

Health Education covers ‘Mental wellbeing’, ‘Internet safety and harms’, Physical health and fitness’, Healthy eating’, ‘Drugs, alcohol and tobacco’ and ‘Peer Pressure'.  Underpinning the PSHE curriculum, myHappyMind is a weekly programme supported by the NHS.  The teaching content encourages habits to help the children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence.

It is important to explain that whilst the Healthy Me Puzzle (unit) in Jigsaw covers most of the statutory Health Education, some of the outcomes are taught elsewhere in Jigsaw, e.g. emotional and mental health is nurtured every lesson through the Calm me time, social skills are grown every lesson through the Connect us activity and respect is enhanced through the use of the Jigsaw Charter.




Children are assessed in each PSHE session on the extent to which they have met the intended learning outcome. This is recorded through:

  • children’s voice and post it note recordings
  • Strong ethos evident across the school – Caring, Sharing and Learning Together
  • Jigsaw self-assessment
  • Peer marking - 3 stars and a wish

At King’s Court we continually assess the implementation and impact of our Jigsaw lessons in order to achieve at least good results across all year groups. 




The DfE Guidance 2019 (p. 15) states, ‘Schools should ensure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met, and that all pupils understand the importance of equality and respect.

At King's Court First School, these areas of learning are taught within the context of family life, taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances. Families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).


Roles and responsibilities


The Governing Body

The Governing Body will approve the RHE (Relationships Health Education) policy, and hold the Headteacher to account for its implementation. 

Neil Dodds (Chair of Governors), is the Lead Governor for PSHE.


The Headteacher

The Headteacher and Governors are responsible for ensuring that RHE is taught consistently across the school.



Staff are responsible for:

  • Delivering RHE in a sensitive way.
  • Modelling positive attitudes to RHE.
  • Monitoring progress.
  • Responding to the needs of individual pupils.
  • Responding appropriately to pupils whose parents wish them to be withdrawn from the non-statutory components of RHE.



Pupils are expected to engage fully in RHE and, when discussing issues related to RE, treat others with respect and sensitivity.


Parents’ right to withdraw

Parents do not have the right to withdraw their children from relationships education. Parents are encouraged to meet with the senior leadership team and subject leader to discuss any concerns.



Staff are trained on the delivery of RHE as part of their induction and it is included in our continuing professional development calendar.

The Headteacher will also invite visitors from outside the school, such as school nurses to provide support and training to staff teaching RHE.


Monitoring arrangements

The delivery of RHE is monitored by the Headteacher and Governors through monitoring arrangements, such as book looks and learning walks.

Children's development in RHE is monitored by class teachers as part of our internal assessment systems.


PSHE is embedded as part of our culture at King’s Court and our Royal Red Crowns and Behaviour Policy, Ready, Respectful, Safe are reinforced throughout the day.  We aim to ‘live’ what is learnt and apply it to everyday situations in the school community.





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Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education