This page informs visitors about our PSHE curriculum.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), including Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

At Old Buckenham Primary School & Nursery it is our belief that PSHE plays an essential role in supporting children to develop core British values of tolerance, empathy and respect. At Old Buckenham Primary School & Nursery we use the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme to deliver our PSHE and RSHE curriculum. Our aim is to deliver quality lessons which are engaging and interesting, providing children with frequent opportunities to ask questions, explore their emotions and develop essential skills for life and being part of communities.

At Old Buckenham Primary School & Nursery we believe that all subjects should be inclusive and open, and support children at all ages and stages of development in school to participate in PSHE lessons fully. We aim to use a variety of approaches to explore ideas and concepts, to enable children of all ages and levels of development to tackle and enjoy PSHE in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Debate and discussion plays a central role in Jigsaw Time, or circle time. Children are supported to develop respectful and thoughtful listening and to treat Jigsaw times as a serious discussion with an emphasis on valuing all contributions and perspectives.

At the start of the year, every class uses PSHE Jigsaw times to create class rules and support children to understand and commit to the Learning Charter. In this way, we work to embed PSHE and Jigsaw in our learning behaviours and language, helping children to begin to explicitly link PSHE with developing behaviours which will enable them to be successful, healthy and happy members of society with the self esteem, confidence and social interaction skills to embrace new experiences and make their own opinions heard.

All children explore the same ‘puzzle’ or theme concurrently in classes, allowing us to reinforce and support ideas and concepts through assemblies and additional challenges.

  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating difference
  • Dreams and goals
  • Healthy me
  • Relationships
  • Changing me



The curriculum is designed to spiral, revisiting and building on themes and learning throughout the year and progressively year on year. We aim to support children to develop confidence, emotional literacy, perseverance, self-esteem, empathy and respect through modelling, practical activities, games and circle time discussions.

At the heart of the Jigsaw PSHE scheme is the prioritisation of strong, positive mental health and relationships. Each class has a Jigsaw character and builds ‘Calm Me time’ into the PSHE lesson, supporting children to develop some of the skills and tenets of mindfulness and reflective thinking.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

At Old Buckenham Primary School & Nursery we deliver RSHE through the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme and lessons, supporting children to identify and build healthy relationships, understand their own bodies, deal with and accept changes and transitions and think positively about the future. Health education includes understanding puberty and how our bodies change on the inside and outside as we grow.

At Old Buckenham Primary School & Nursery we encourage parents and carers to engage in and understand how and what we teach children. During the Spring term we hold RSHE workshops, discussing and explaining how we approach RSHE in school and our reasoning for this, as well as the legal framework and guidelines which we follow.

The sex education aspects of RSHE are covered during the Summer term in the puzzle theme ‘Changing Me’. For more information about what and how thus is covered please come to our workshop, speak with the class teacher or get in contact with the PSHE subject leader, Sarah Moll.

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