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The aims of the Relationship, Sex, Health Education at Highwood is to enable young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.​

RSHE is comprised of three strands:

Health and wellbeing – physical wellbeing, mental health, ourselves, growing and changing, keeping safe, drugs education

Living in the wider world – responsibilities, communities, media and digital resilience, economic well being, aspirations and career.

Relationships ​​- families and close positive relationships, caring friendships, respectful relationships, online relationships, being safe.

We teach the RSHE by adopting the Jigsaw Programme

Information for Parents and Carers about  Relationships, Sex and Health Education


At Highwood Primary School, our aim is to ‘Promote Resilience and Achieve Potential’; therefore PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Education) plays a pivotal and fundamental part in supporting our pupil’s school experiences and achievements.

Our PSHE curriculum equips our pupils with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever changing society, we are able to provide our pupils with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Our five core values- Respect, Empathy, Gratitude, Honesty and Resilience are woven through the PSHE curriculum and as a result of this, our pupils become healthy, independent and responsible members of society, helping them to go on to understand how they are developing personally and socially.


At Highwood Primary, we ensure that our PSHE planning follows a clear progression of skills and ensures that there is full coverage of, ‘Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education’. Where possible, we aim to make links to other subjects to help children make further connections and developing their learning. We follow the Jigsaw Programme to teach PSHE to our children. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.  A variety of teaching strategies are used and we are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style.  Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time; the learning deepens and broadens every year.

Before teaching each unit teachers will:

  • Assess children’s prior learning and skills to ensure they are building on previous skills.
  • Use the progression of key skills to build on learning.

During each unit teachers will:

  • Begin the lesson with a ‘Connect Us’ Activity.
  • Teach key vocabulary.
  • Followed by a Calm Me Activity, allowing pupils to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
  • At the end of the lesson, each pupil will take reflect on what they have learnt and sometimes record their learning in the whole class jigsaw journal.

At the end of each unit pupils will:

  • Reflect on the skills they have learnt.

After each unit teachers will:

  • Assess children’s ability and skills acquired in the unit.


What will this look like?

Through pupil voice we will see:

  • A good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships.
  • Pupils have respect for themselves and others.

Through learning walks we will see:

  • Teacher creating a safe environment for pupils to express themselves.
  • Pupils have a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere.
  • Pupils confidently discussing their lives and listening to other with respect.

In the pupil’s learning we will see:

  • An appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.
  • An understanding of the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
  • A belief that they can make their lives and other’s better by following our values: respect, empathy, gratitude, honesty and resilience.