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Safe, Happy Learning


At Cotmanhay Junior School, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work which is a whole school approach that brings together our PSHE (personal, social and health) education. 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 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.


For further information on the Jigsaw scheme and to view year group content please see the documents attached below.



Included in the Jigsaw scheme of work are lessons on SRE (sex and relationships 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, SRE is also taught through Science when looking at the reproductive cycles of plants and animals (including humans).


For further information on how SRE is taught through the Jigsaw scheme please see the parent and carer guide below.