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At Cotham Gardens Primary School we believe that teaching personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and relationships and sex education (RSE) is integral to providing a broad and balanced curriculum. PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Our PSHE curriculum supports children to stay safe mentally, emotionally, physically and also online.

Our school ethos is ‘celebrating diversity, learning together’ and we believe that PSHE has an pivotal role in providing children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them. It supports children to act with respect and kindness, both towards themselves and towards others, which in turn sets them up for living safe, healthy and fulfilling lives in the future.


Jigsaw is used to teach our PSHE curriculum. Jigsaw is a spiral, progressive scheme of work which 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

PSHE is taught weekly by the class teacher. The scheme is divided into 6 strands (Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Changing Me and Relationships), taught progressively across their time in school. Jigsaw also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school. Our PSHE curriculum allows children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding year upon year.

In addition to the weekly PSHE teaching, we also have an anti-bullying week annually which has a new relevant focus each year. RSHE is taught through the Jigsaw sequence of lessons.

In the academic year 2020-2021, we held a consultation with parents, staff and pupils on our teaching of RSE, and made changes to our policy and curriculum as a result of this.


We assess children’s progress in PSHE by observation, work monitoring and formative assessment. By the time they leave Cotham Gardens, we aim for all children to:

  • be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of Law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSHE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others.
  • have a positive self esteem



RSHE means Relationship, Sex and Health Education. It is normally taught in term 6 of the academic year. Below you can see our RSHE policy and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

relationships sex and health education policy 2021.pdf


rshe faqs.pdf