PSHE – subject information

PSHE and Citizenship- subject information

We aim to offer the children an engaging and high-quality PSHE curriculum which is relevant to the needs of our children. The curriculum effectively prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences needed to thrive as individuals and members of society. Additionally, the curriculum promotes a strong emphasis on the skills and attributes required to develop positive relationships with themselves and others, as well as provides opportunities to develop their emotional literacy.


At Thorpepark, we teach PSHE and citizenship as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.  The Jigsaw programme offers a comprehensive and relevant scheme of work bringing consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this curriculum area. Additionally, these focuses are employed through other areas of the curriculum and contribute to the whole school ethos, safeguarding and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) developments. Children’s wider knowledge on being healthy, staying safe and preparing them for life and work in modern Britain is also relevant to the curriculum, significantly contributing towards the safeguarding of our children and driving career aspirations for their futures.


The Jigsaw Programme provides fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.  The programme is taught weekly and consists of 6 half-term learning themes which remain consistent across the school. The themes are broken down into 6 Jigsaw pieces (lessons), each piece consists of 2 learning objectives which accommodate progression of Relationships and Health education and the other is designed to develop children’s emotional literacy and social skills. The Jigsaw themes are also employed within other areas of school life, such as whole school assemblies to continue to contribute towards the development of children’s wider learning regarding the Jigsaw theme learning intentions. Overall, this structure ensures learning is enriched every year to support the children and helps them understand and value how they positively fit into and contribute to the world.

Jigsaw outcomes, as well as wider skills associated with PSHE and citizenship are also addressed through other areas of the curriculum and school life, this is the responsibility of all members of staff to ensure children successfully progress within these areas.

Jigsaw themes:

  • Being Me in My World (Autumn 1)
  • Celebrating Difference (Autumn 2)
  • Dreams and Goals (Spring 1)
  • Healthy Me (Spring 2)
  • Relationships (Summer 1)
  • Changing Me (Summer 2)

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