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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


At Lugwardine Primary Academy, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when meeting new challenges, having new experiences and taking risks. We share a cohesive vision to help children to understand and value how they and others fit into and contribute to the world around them. We have a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, developing a ‘Growth Mindset’, building resilience, and nurturing mental and physical health through the delivery of a programme of engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole school approach. We also promote mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, and focus. Our school also uses a ‘Values’ based approach to developing emotional awareness and positive relationships.  

Our approach aims to develop the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.  



PSHE at Lugwardine Primary Academy is taught using the Jigsaw programme which is a whole school approach. This has been chosen by the school as its’ relational and values-based approach meets the identified needs off the cohort. Progression in skills and knowledge in the subject is outlined in the Jigsaw PSHE Content Overview. The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school starting with a shared assembly each half term to introduce the new topics.   

The six topic areas are:  

  • Being Me in My World  

  • Celebrating Differences  

  • Dreams and Goals  

  • Healthy Me  

  • Relationships  

  • Changing Me


Learning in each topic then takes place during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which explore the different themes. Each lesson has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills. Each lesson is designed to address different learning styles and is differentiated to meet a range of needs.


The aims of PSHE and the Jigsaw programme are to provide children with:  

  • Accurate and relevant knowledge  

  • Opportunities to create personal understanding  

  • Opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights, and responsibilities.  

  • A range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life. 


Jigsaw also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.  

Assessment in Jigsaw is both formative and summative. The learning objectives for each lesson allow the teacher to be mindful of the assessment elements within the sessions and enable them to pitch and plan subsequent lessons appropriately. The activities in each lesson give the children an opportunity to self-assess in a child friendly, age-appropriate manner. It also allows children the opportunity to identify areas for self-improvement.  

In addition to the Jigsaw programme, we also embrace a ‘Values’ based approach. Each month there is a focus on a specific ‘Value’. The ‘Value’ provides the theme for assemblies and ‘celebration awards’.   


We also have an active school council that has representatives from across the Year Groups. They meet on a regular basis and provide the pupils with a voice. The school council are involved in a number of projects e.g. developing the school grounds. 



In order to be confident about the impact of PSHE, the Senior Leadership Team and PSHE subject lead will monitor the subject effectively through observations and scrutiny of outcomes from the Jigsaw programme. Discussions will be held with pupils to gain their views and understand how they feel the impact of the programme is having on their learning.   

The school has a positive learning environment where the children have positive relationships with their peers and staff. The children will be able to express their feelings and understand how their emotions impact their ability to learn and form relationships. They will have good social skills and behaviour across the school will be good.   

We hold regular assemblies to ensure that PSHE remains a constant and relevant part of each child’s education.


Golden Threads 

  • Friendships and relationships 

  • Health and wellbeing 

  • Living in the wider world 

  • Being safe on and offline