Dickens Heath Community Primary School

Enabling every child to be the best version of themselves


The intent (what we intend to teach) of the R.S.E. education can be seen in the DHCPS PSHE and RSE Policy and the Statutory RSE Map which is aligned to the statutory requirements of primary schools as laid out in the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. This should be read alongside our whole school curriculum policy which details our whole school curriculum offer, how we are committed to and seek to achieve a broad and balanced, knowledge rich curriculum and why we teach using the methods that we use which are summarised in Rosenshine's 'Principles of effective instruction.'

We use the Jigsaw scheme of work to support teaching and learning in relationships and sex (RSE) and health education.

The implementation of this (how we intend to teach it) is outlined below.  This should be read alongside our whole school educational strategic overview which details our whole school curriculum design and core curriculum aims. 


Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education RSE and Health education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. 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 are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from Autumn to June/July. Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons) which work towards an ‘end product’, for example, The School Learning Charter or The Garden of Dreams and Goals.


Each Piece (lesson) has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education and the statutory Relationships and Health Education guidance, but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health. The enhancements mean that Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.


Every Piece (lesson) contributes to at least one of these aspects of children’s development. This is mapped on each Piece and balanced across each year group.

We monitor the impact of the RSE curriculum through various means including: evidence of work, pupil conferences, RSE end of unit assessments and lesson observations.  These are analysed on a termly basis and a 'strategic evaluation and development plan' for PSHE and RSE produced which contributes to the whole school ongoing continuous improvement cycle and whole school self-evaluation

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