Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work.

At ISB, we believe this to be one of our most important subjects, and one that once again benefits from our diverse school community.

Throughout the primary school, PSHE is taught using the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. This ensures that we are up to date with the best current practise and that the children at ISB really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Our PSHE curriculum perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development and as well as its values being embedded in everyday life at ISB, it is also taught explicitly in class and in our weekly assemblies.

The Jigsaw Structure

How the big picture fits together

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE (including Relationships and Health Education) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.

Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.

The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).

Jigsaw’s Units of work (puzzles) are:

  1. Being Me in My World: Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
  2. Celebrating Difference: Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
  3. Dreams and Goals: Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
  4. Healthy Me: Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
  5. Relationships: Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
  6. Changing Me: This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education)