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Cotmanhay Junior School

Safe, Happy Learning




At Cotmanhay Junior School, we believe that Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is crucial in supporting children in their personal development, and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society. We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which equips our children for the future by encouraging resilience, integrity, team work, confidence, good mental and physical health, critical thinking and independence, all in a nurturing environment. 


Our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced, so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught in previous years. We intend for our children to leave Cotmanhay Junior School with the knowledge, understanding and emotions needed to play an active, positive and successful role in our school community, wider community and part of our ever-changing society. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and to understand how they relate to other people in the world.






Each year group has a jigsaw character with its distinctive colour, and a chime bar to encourage calmness. Jigsaw is structured into 6 half-termly puzzles (units of work) with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. These are:


Autumn Term

Being me in my world

Celebrating differences


Spring Term

Dreams and goals

Healthy me


Summer Term


Changing me


The lessons have two learning intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills. Jigsaw 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.


Click below to view each year group Jigsaw topics.

Click below to see how knowledge and skills progress through the units of work. 

Click below to see how PSHE domain-specific vocabulary progresses throughout Key Stage 2. 

Relationships and Sex Education


Included in the Jigsaw scheme of work are lessons on RSE (Relationships and Sex Education). This provides children with relevant information about relationships, puberty and human reproduction which is appropriate to their age and stage of development. In some year groups, RSE is also taught through science when looking at the reproductive cycles of plants and animals (including humans).


For further information on how RSE is taught through the Jigsaw scheme please see the information below. 



By the end of year 6, all pupils:

· have a good understanding of how to develop safe, happy relationships.

· demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others.

· know how to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

· understand and know a range of tools to help manage their emotions.

· have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.

· understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

· can identify positive body images.

· understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.


As a result of exposure to a wide range of diversity books and through our weekly assemblies, pupils understand the different lifestyles that people may live, and demonstrate respect and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.


The subject leader confidently monitors PSHE through discussions with pupils, gathering evidence in journals, monitoring displays and through ongoing discussion with colleagues. The subject leader attends regular PSHE and RSE training events; keeping up-to-date with local and national initiatives.