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Gillshill Primary

DfE - Primary School Guide for Parents and Carers.pdfPSHE Policy.pdf


PSHE at Gillshill Primary School is taught and delivered through the Jigsaw scheme of work, which is in compliance with the DfE statutory guidance and provides broad, balanced and exciting learning opportunities for our pupils. Our overall vision for PSHE is to enable all pupils to develop self-confidence, resilience and positive attitudes towards each other. At Gillshill Primary School, we pride ourselves in being able to ensure that the pupils in our school are all included within the school community, whilst allowing them to share their thoughts and opinions on situations and to understand that their voice is continually valued and heard. By allowing an inclusive community, this allows all of our pupils to acknowledge the world around them with a deepened understanding, and equips our pupils with a set of transferrable skills and attributes to lead a safe, happy and independent lifestyle.

Weekly Jigsaw sessions are delivered by the class teacher and each puzzle taught (half-termly) builds on the previous year. The Jigsaw programme is designed to embed and develop knowledge and teach rich vocabulary at the appropriate age range and strives to allow all pupils to have a healthy body and mind. Each theme is sequential and allows pupils to make progress in terms of their personal, social and emotional development as themes are embedded and each build on prior knowledge and understanding. There are also many opportunities for cross-curricular links as PSHE is at the heart of every lesson as our pupils are able to recognise the importance of the world around them (including online safety and British Values) and the skills required to succeed, flourish and be open-minded in our society today.

The PSHE curriculum is assessed against the following Jigsaw puzzles:

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

Dreams and Goals Relationships
Celebrating Differences

Healthy Me

Changing Me


To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in PSHE, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. PSHE is taught through half-termly topics, using a scheme called ‘Jigsaw – the mindful approach’, which focuses on the knowledge and skills stated in the Primary National Curriculum 2014.

Teachers plan a series of lessons that are engaging, broad and balanced, using the Jigsaw programme of study, alongside our progression of knowledge and skills document. This document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills, knowledge and vocabulary taught is progressive from year group to year group, in depth. Where possible teachers, in conjunction with subject leaders, plan purposeful cross-curricular links.

At Gillshill Primary School we provide a variety of opportunities for learning PSHE. Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each half term, including: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying), Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, and Changing Me (including Sex Education). It is also embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing, and to make links to other areas of learning. As a school, we partake in many national initiatives, such as Mental Health Week, Road Safety Week and Anti-bullying Week as well as enterprise events, including Make £5 Blossom, Global Enterprise Week and Industry Day whereby the children can develop their Big 13 enterprise skills. Class assemblies performed to the whole school, parents/carers and the wider community are another opportunity for the teacher to plan for additional learning. The children’s work is celebrated through displays around the school and in award ceremonies outside of school.

Subject leaders play a key role in the success of the curriculum by leading on monitoring, evaluation and review, and the celebration of good practice contributes to the ongoing commitment to improve further. Subject leaders are given the opportunity to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.


The curriculum subject leader is responsible for monitoring and evaluating their own subject responsibility.  The information gathered from the monitoring and evaluation informs the impact for that curriculum area. Judgements on the impact of the curriculum subject is based upon a triangulation of book scrutiny, pupil voice discussions, outcomes of assessments and the quality of teaching and learning. Governors undertake termly learning walks for their subject responsibility and receive a termly report from the subject leader identifying strengths and areas for development.

Our aim is that at the end of each school year, pupils will have gained a deepening understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. All children will have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere, as well as showing an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. They will also have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.

Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their PSHE lessons and recognise the qualities and attributes they need to thrive. Pupils use vocabulary they have a clear understanding of to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities. They are supported to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings.

By the time our children leave Gillshill Primary School, we will have equipped them with a breadth of knowledge, skills and meaningful experiences to give them a secure foundation for their secondary school learning. Our PSHE curriculum will have instilled in them a love and enjoyment of learning about themselves as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community, and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals.

In upper Key Stage 2, each academic year, the children have a visit from the Hull nursing team and they deliver content linked to puberty (Year 5) and growing up and relationships (Year 6). This content is delivered in a sensitive manner and all questions are answered appropriately.

Throughout the year, we address key events such as: Road Safety Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Global Enterprise Week, Hello Yellow Day and Children’s Mental Health Day. Often, these key events are covered in every year group from Nursery to Year 6. A variety of cross-curricular lessons are seen and children can often participate in competitions. 

Jigsaw/PSHRE Documents: