At St Francis CE Primary School, it is our intent that all pupils will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future.  We offer a nurturing and inclusive learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their individual achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.  Our PSHE curriculum is tailored to the needs and requirements of our school community and we adapt our curriculum to meet any specific needs. As a school, we believe that pupils are all individuals, which is implicit in our mission statement and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring environment. Through using the Jigsaw scheme our pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to prepare them for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever changing world.  It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.


The implementation of PSHE within EYFS Nursery follows the Developmental Matters Framework.  (See attached provision map).  Jigsaw is then implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons which are adapted throughout for the needs of particular year groups and pupils.   As well as this, specific curriculum areas have been specially adapted to meet the Christian ethos such as Relationship and Sex Education with links from the diocese to ensure it supports the aims of the school and compliant with statutory enforcement in 2020.  The Jigsaw curriculum for PSHE focuses on different pieces each term and these are embedded throughout all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the pupils they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within St Francis CE Primary School are to provide pupils with:

– accurate and relevant knowledge

– opportunities to create personal understanding and develop themselves as learners

– 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.

-to develop their resilience as learners being able to verbalise how they learn best.

Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Pupils at St Francis CE Primary School also acquire an understanding and experience of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

In addition to our PSHE Jigsaw curriculum, the school offers support and adapts its PSHE curriculum in the following areas:  E-safety, Healthy Schools, SEND, school council; as well as developing the emotional literacy of its pupils through providing Young carers, ELSA support for targeted individuals, Anti-bullying week and Anti-bullying ambassadors. As well as this, additional professional support and advice is sought from organisations such as CAHMs and TAHMs.


At St Francis CE Primary School, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our Jigsaw lessons so that all pupils ‘gain, attain and grow’ as lifelong learners and ensure that we provide the support that is necessary for all pupils to achieve whether that be in class or with additional identified support. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance pupils’ education and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals.  Teachers will use multiple methods to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils learning, to ensure that pupils make progress. The range of measures used include:

  • Continuous assessment from teachers during individual lessons, to adapt and plan for necessary changes within the scheme based on individual need.
  • Pupil voice surveys are used to assess knowledge of themselves as learners and be emotionally confident within the school.
  • Circle times, class assemblies and whole school worship allow opportunities to address needs as they arise.
  • Through meta-cognition and a growth mindset approach pupils are able to explain their learning and identify their own areas for development.
  • Book looks and learning walks are used to gain a holistic understanding of the whole child’s learning including pride in their work, self-confidence, as well as their ability to explain their learning.