PSHE including RSE at Stocksbridge Junior School


At Stocksbridge Junior School, we have recently begun the ‘Jigsaw’ approach to teaching PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), which is a teaching and learning programme that also includes RSE (Relationships Education and Sex Education). ‘Jigsaw’ also has a strong focus on emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Relationships and Health Education is now compulsory in all primary schools in England. For primary aged children this includes curriculum content under two headings (DfE 2019):

Relationships education Health education

Families and people who care for me

Caring friendships

Respectful relationships

Online relationships

Being safe

Mental wellbeing

Internet safety and harms

Physical health and fitness

Healthy eating

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Health and prevention

Basic first aid

Changing adolescent body

At Stocksbridge Junior School, Sex Education is taught at an age-appropriate level during the ‘Changing Me’ unit at the end of each school year. For further information regarding the school’s teaching of Sex Education, please see the policy in the documents below, as well as the planning overviews.




Our intention is that, when children leave Stocksbridge Junior School, they do so with life-long skills that enable them to face challenges, new experiences and unfamiliar situations with confidence. We want our children to have self-belief, high aspirations and the drive to achieve any goal or dream that they have – the sky is the limit. As a staff, we have a shared vision of helping children to understand and value how they themselves, and others, contribute to the local community and the wider world. By helping children to develop their voice, identity and self-esteem, they can ultimately thrive as individuals, family members and members of the community and wider society.



We have implemented our PSHE curriculum at Stocksbridge Junior School using the ‘Jigsaw’ programme, which is a whole school approach. This is delivered through six half-termly units of work. The six topics that we cover are: Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. The learning the children receive takes place in weekly lessons, with the core values being embedded into the school day and other subject areas.

Please refer to the overviews and planning documents below for further information about the coverage for each year group.



The ‘Jigsaw’ approach is newly implemented in our school, however, we have high expectations that following the programme will enable to children to meet or exceed expectations for academic achievement. In addition to this, we believe that we are delivering a PSHE curriculum that not only prepares children for their futures, but supports and guides them in becoming confident, respectful, responsible and driven young people.