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The principal aim of Personal, Social and Health Education at Thorndon Primary is to support our children in understanding the importance of mental and physical health, how to develop and maintain positive healthy relationships and to find their place in the world as they grow and change. PSHE gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

At Thorndon Primary we deliver engaging and relevant PSHE lessons within a whole- school approach using Jigsaw. Jigsaw is a progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others, using mindfulness to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

  • Term 1: Being Me in My World
  • Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
  • Term 3: Dreams and Goals
  • Term 4: Healthy Me
  • Term 5: Relationships
  • Term 6: Changing Me (including Relationship and Sex Education)

In teaching PSHE it will help children to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain healthy and positive relationships and make responsible decisions. (Weissberg, R. et al. 2015)