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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

This Half Term: Changing Me


At Great Missenden we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.


There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, sequentially ordered from September to July:

* Being me in my world

* Celebrating difference (including anti-bullying)

* Dreams and goals

* Healthy me

* Relationships

* Changing me (including Sex Education)

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. Our teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Therefore, establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike.


At Great Missenden School we believe that children are growing up in an increasingly complex world which presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also many challenges and risks. Therefore, it is our aim to deliver a PSHE curriculum which not only tackles a range of themes and issues, but also equips them with essential knowledge and skills needed for lifelong learning. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver lessons which are accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We aim for children at Great Missenden school to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially. Children will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Children at Great Missenden are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


The aims of PSHE are best achieved in an environment in which pupils feel safe and where their opinions are valued. In this subject, above all, the child must be central to the process. They must be allowed to be honest, to make mistakes without being reprimanded and to learn from their mistakes. By following the Jigsaw program we can ensure a spiralling/progressive scheme which is enjoyable and valuable for all children.
This will include a 
range of teaching and learning styles, including:

  • Circle time
  • Group work
  • Drama and Role play
  • Discussion/ Debate
  • Agenda setting
  • Problem solving
  • Imaginative writing
  • Traditional imparting of knowledge
  • Constructive use of video
  • Research
  • Educational games/activities
  • DVDs and other ICT approaches

We also consider it important to be able to respond quickly when areas of PSHE arise in the classroom or playground and there is an immediate need to tackle an issue. If a class has a series of lessons on dealing with bullying, for example, or loss or grieving, then teachers will be provided with support and materials to deliver this.


What will this look like? By the time our children leave Great Missenden School we believe our PSHE curriculum will have allowed them to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect. The children will have a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. They will understand what is meant by ‘resilience’ and attain the ability to bounce back from life’s everyday challenges using their Growth Mindset. They will have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. They will also have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society and have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.


Pupil Voice Impact Highlights:


EYFS: ‘’ Jenie and Jerry are our friends and have kind hands like us!‘’

Year 1: ‘’Jigsaw Jack helps us learn and share doing PSHE.’’

Year 2: ‘’PSHE is when we talk about our feelings and we know our class is a team’’

Year 3: ‘’I like our Jigsaw lessons because it helps us be kinder within our community.’’

Year 4: ‘’We have learnt about bullying and friendships issues and how to solve them to make our school a better place.’’

Year 5: ‘PSHE has helped us make goals for the year ahead and given us ideas about how we can help each other by learning about our emotions.’’

Year 6: "We develop our relationships with our friends helping us to find things in common with them as well as knowing it’s good to be different.’’ ‘’ Its good to be able to talk about our emotions.’’


"PSHE should also stand for... People Should Have Education" - Tommy Yr3


Teaching Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is an essential part of your child’s curriculum as they move through school.


At Great Missenden our main aim is to provide an effective, age-appropriate PSHE and RSHE education that meets the needs of all our pupils within an inclusive and supportive learning environment. We are completely committed to giving your children the skills, knowledge and values necessary, so they can be successful to live and learn safely in the modern world.


RSHE at Great Missenden, will be taught using the PSHE Jigsaw Scheme that enables pupils to build on their prior learning by revisiting some themes to further develop knowledge, values and skills in an age appropriate way.  Some of these themes are repeated as children move through the school to enable a deeper exploration of the related issues (a spiral curriculum).


The Jigsaw programme helps children to develop an understanding of their own and others emotions, social skills and awareness, thoughtfulness and spiritual development in a cohesive, comprehensive and creative way.


Every class from EYFS to Year 6 have lesson objectives that promote these very important aspects of their learning. The lessons are supported by video clips, PowerPoint presentations and class discussions, which are carried out in an age appropriate, sensible, caring and nurturing environment. 



Useful Websites


Mind – To provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.


Bullying – Advice and support for children and young people experiencing bullying.


CAHMS Resources – Resources to support mental health and wellbeing.


Childline – A counselling service for children and young people.


BBC Bitesize – PSHE and citizenship videos to help children’s understanding.


NCPCC’s Pantosaurus – A video to help children stay safe and keeping their private parts private.


NSPCC – Information and support for child abuse.


Pop ‘n’ Olly – LGBT+ education for primary schools.


Mind – Mental Wellbeing resources for young people. 


Growth Mindset – Should you tell your kids they are smart or talented? Professor Carol Dweck answers this question and more, as she talks about her groundbreaking work on developing mindsets. She emphasizes the power of “yet” in helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.