PSHE including RSE

At Cranford Park CE Primary School our Relationships Education (RSE) is built into our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons. We have recently changed our approach to RSE and so have sent out a second consultation to parents with our revised RSE Policy and Curriculum. Please ask in the school office if you would like to see a copy of this.

Our Vision for P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Relationships Education

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”


Our PSHE includes Relationships Education and is a vital school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We deliver engaging and relevant PSHE lessons within a whole-school approach. Our teaching helps our children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. The skills and attributes they develop help pupils to stay healthy and safe, preparing them for life and work in modern Britain. Additionally, we ensure children can celebrate diversity and ‘difference’ within society, giving them an understanding of equality and empathy towards others.  At Cranford Park, our PSHRE helps pupils to achieve their potential, thus leaving school equipped with skills they will need for the next stage of their education and throughout their later life.

At Cranford Park CE Primary School we use the whole school approach of the Jigsaw Programme as a vehicle for our PSHE and RE teaching. Jigsaw combines all areas of P.S.E., including the now statutory Relationships and Health Education (RHE), in a progressive approach with an emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It is taught in a spiral, progressively, through a fully planned scheme of work. It provides children with relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships and attitudes towards themselves and others. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Our children have the added benefit of spending valuable time in our wonderful outdoor learning area and practising the key skills of mindfulness during weekly yoga sessions. Our PSHRE focuses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focuses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

Further information about the Jigsaw approach can be found in the progression maps below.

Further Information about Relationships and Health Education

An important part of the Jigsaw PSRHE programme is delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term. There are five main aims of teaching RHE:

  • To enable children to understand and respect their bodies.
  • To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development.
  • To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image.
  • To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
  • To enable children to understand diversity and equality.

Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage. Below is a summary of RHE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:

  • Reception – Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
  • Year 1 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
  • Year 2 – Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
  • Year 3 – How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
  • Year 4 – Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
  • Year 5 – Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
  • Year 6 – Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby

We also cover elements in our science curriculum. The statutory content of the National Curriculum requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction.

Further information about how the school approaches the teaching of Relationships and Health Education through the Jigsaw programme can be found within the documents listed below and in our RSE Policy on our Policies page.

Jigsaw Progression