At Chigwell Row Infant School we intend for our PSHE curriculum to be accessible to all children and maximise the outcomes for every child so that they are respectful, upstanding citizens. 

We intend for our pupils to:

  • Value self and others
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals
  • Form valuable relationships
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond positively to challenges and show resilience
  • Be an active participant  in their own learning
  • Be a positive, active citizen within our school and wider global community
  • To be tolerant and understanding of others 
  • To be able to independently resolve issues

 As a school we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme in KS1, which focuses on emotional literacy, resilience and a range of social skills that will support children throughout their lives. Our intent is for pupils to be emotionally literate through the use of the Zones of Regulation framework (something which is taught and promoted across Early Years and KS1), having the confidence and tools to recognise and regulate their emotions. We also use a range of high-quality texts across the curriculum that address topics such as British values, being healthy, relationships, and valuing the self which promote discussions in these areas and allow the children the opportunity to reflect on their values and the values of the school.


PSHE is taught weekly in KS1 using the Jigsaw scheme of work, and there is weekly provision in the Early Years linked to their current topic of learning. Planning in the Early Years uses the personal, social and emotional development learning goals. 


Pupils are given the opportunity to recognise and regulate their emotions, as well as recognise and respect the emotions of others through adult interactions, the Zones of Regulation, circle times and the use of texts that address the varying emotions of different characters. In the curiosity area, children are exposed to texts and resources that visualise emotions and responses to these. Children are encouraged to think about how they respond to their emotions and the reading area is used as a calming space for pupils who are dysregulated. 

Through music and songs, pupils reinforce their daily routines as well as learn about their health. The role play area exposes children to texts and resources that promote health and wellbeing and allows children the independence to practise these skills through play. 


The Jigsaw scheme of learning is used to plan and adapt lessons which use role play, art, music, and discussion to provide an engaging curriculum for all pupils. 

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 Education)

Children record their work in a learning folder which allows them to express their understanding of the specific topic. Children are encouraged to apply their learning to situations outside of the classroom, for example in helping to resolve conflicts, making healthy choices, and valuing themselves as individuals. 

The children use the Zones of Regulation to reflect on how they are feeling and use a class chart to express how they are feeling and to think about how they can regulate themselves if they are outside of the green zone. 

Whole School

Children at Chigwell Row are given whole-school opportunities throughout the year to develop their personal, social and health education (PSHE), as well as their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC): 

  • Gardening club - children think about the environment around them and see the impact that they have had on this through developing the school garden. The school is also working towards the RHS gardening award which recognises the school’s plan for their garden and the progress that they make towards this. 
  • Hot chocolate Friday, Milkshake Monday - each week children are given time with the Headteacher to celebrate being caring, respectful and successful. 
  • NSPCC - Speak Out, Stay Safe - children think about what it means to be safe and what they should do if they ever feel unsafe. 
  • British Values - the children are given the opportunity to discuss the British values in assemblies as well as during times of celebration. 
  • Growth mindset assemblies - pupils discuss what it means to have a growth mindset and how this can be applied to their learning and development, both inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing - the children are taught how to keep their minds and their bodies healthy. 
  • Celebrating festivals - the children learn to respect the multicultural society in which they live through learning about different festivals and celebrations across the year.


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught as well as during the lessons. 
  • Marking of work in folders
  •  Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
  • Low stake quizzes within lessons
  • Adult questioning and prompting
  • Observations of pupils when dealing with: conflict resolution, peer interaction, being healthy, being resilient in challenging situations.

Our PSHE Curriculum Overview 

pshe topic overview template.pdf

 RSE Curriculum 

 RSE Coverage 


Jigsaw Programme 

jigsaw information leaflet for parents and carers 2020 2.pdf