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Subject - PSHE & Relationships Education




Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)


At Oak Green School, through our PSHE curriculum, it is our intention to prepare children for life outside of school, helping them to understand and value who they truly are. It is so important for all our pupils to know how they relate to other people in our ever-changing world; British Values, Protected Characteristics and our own school values are intrinsic within our PSHE curriculum. The purpose of this subject is to equip pupils with ‘a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions’ (National Curriculum, updated 2020). We achieve this by connecting emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development, delivered through a resource called ‘Jigsaw’.


How do we teach it? (Our implementation)


The Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work is taught through weekly sessions led by teachers. All lessons include time for mindfulness activities, where children practise breathing and focus, enabling a sense of self-awareness and self-regulation. There are 6 Jigsaw Puzzles (half-termly units) designed to ensure the whole school can study the same learning theme at the same time, through this and Jigsaw assemblies we are building a strong sense of belonging and community.

The pieces are carefully planned and resourced so

that each year group works at its own level. The

Puzzles work in sequence and develop throughout

each academic year.


The 6 units are:                 


  • Being Me in my World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me


What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)


Our PSHE curriculum is a spiral curriculum so that progress will build incrementally year-on-year, at an age appropriate level, this gives children the opportunity to attach new learning to their prior knowledge. The impact of teaching PSHE in this way is that children develop an awareness of themselves and the part they play in the relationships they develop. They have a better understanding of mental health and how they can have a positive impact on others and the world around them. Children will value and respect one another and demonstrate the Believe, Achieve, Succeed values in action.