Jigsaw (PSHRE)

At Bexton Primary School, we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. 

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lessons across the school, and encourages children to try to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.

The different puzzle pieces are:

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You can read more about the scheme in the documents below.

Each half term, we will publish a Jigsaw newsletter outlining what your child has been learning about. It will also include some useful questions to ask your child to help you engage in the program. You can find our latest newsletter in the documents below.

Relationships & Sex Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme is delivered through the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term. Please see the attachment 'Changing Me- Information for Parents' for more information about what the lessons will cover.

As per our trust 'Relationships & Sex Education Policy' parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons (but not relationships & health education lessons). Before the Jigsaw scheme was used, sex education lessons were solely taught in year 6, however Jigsaw now enables the content to be progressively and age-appropriately be taught so that children develop a good understanding of the physical and emotional changes they will go through as they move through the school. The lesson titles are included below and if you click on the link 'Changing Me- Information for parents' you can see the language and content included in the lesson plans.

Any requests to withdraw your child from sex education lessons must be put in writing to the Headteacher. 

  Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Lesson 1 My body Life cycles Life cycles in nature How babies grow Unique me Self-image & body image My self-image
Lesson 2 Respecting my body Changing me Growing from young to old Babies Having a baby Puberty for girls Puberty
Lesson 3 Growing up My changing body The changing me Outsdie body changes Girls and puperty Puberty for boys Babies: conception to birth
Lesson 4 Fun and fears part 1 Boys' and girls' bodies Boys' and girls' bodies Inside body changes Circles of change Conception Boyfriends and girlfirends
Lesson 5 Fun and fears part 2 Learning and growing Assertiveness Family stereotypes Accepting change Looking ahead 1 Real self and ideal self
Lesson 6 Celebration Coping with changes Looking ahead Looking ahead Looking ahead Looking ahead 2 The year ahead

There are four main aims of teaching RSE:

  • To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
    • To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
    • To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
    • To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below:

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