‘Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we fear less.’ Marie Curie

PSHE Intent

At Rice Lane Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. We include the Relationships, Sex and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme.

The Jigsaw Programme provides us with the foundations for our PSHE curriculum whilst we also adapt our lesson plans and teaching in order to create an organic PSHE curriculum best suited for the needs of Rice Lane Primary children.

The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.

The overview of the programme can be seen on the school website.


This also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children.


Here, at Rice Lane Primary School we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.


PSHE context

Local data highlights significant concerns within our surrounding area (Warbreck ward). We strongly believe that by providing high-quality teaching of PSHE and RSHE, we can help to address certain issues:

  • Percentage of obese and overweight reception children is above national average
  • Overweight and obese Year 6 pupils has risen since 2019
  • 19% of children live in absolute low income households (above national)
  • 5% of 16-24 year olds are unemployed
  • Anti-social behaviour and crime rates above national rates
  • Alcohol-Specific Hospital Admissions is above city and national average.

(All data correct as of March 2021 –

An outstanding PSHE pupil:

  • Has a good theoretical understanding of how a person’s actions can affect others. 
  • Can think of strategies to support both their own and other’s wellbeing.
  • Understands how to keep their body and mind healthy. 
  • Is able to demonstrate their PSHE knowledge and skills in real life situations.
  • Can set themselves challenging yet realistic goals.
  • Communicates their thoughts and opinions well whilst respecting those of others

Key Concepts taught through our PSHE curriculum

Our PSHE curriculum at Rice Lane Primary has been designed and sequenced so that the children build upon their knowledge and skills that are taught throughout the PSHE curriculum, from EYFS to Year 6. All units are taught at the same time across the school and content is taught at an age-appropriate level. Our units are as follows:


Puzzle (Unit)


Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise

Summer 1:


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change