Becoming a Responsible Citizen through PSHE at BFPA


Key skill: Relationships, Health and Sex Education

Visual support: Jigsaw


Our aim is that children who leave our school in Year 6 will be able:

  • Demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others and explain ways in which difference can be a source of conflict or a cause for celebration.
  • Demonstrate respect and tolerance towards others and realise the consequences of anti-social and aggressive behaviours such as bullying and racism on individuals and communities.
  • Describe some ways in which they can work with other people to help make the world a better place.
  •  Make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles and to discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty.

How our children learn to be an  a Responsible Citizen through PSHE at BFPA

At Braunstone Frith Primary Academy the intent of our PSHE education is to ensure that our children become ‘Positive Thinkers and LiFE Long Learners.’ We want our children to be ready to join their diverse local community and understand the wider world that they live in. We provide the children with the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be responsible young people who can make informed decisions.

We use the ‘Jigsaw’ programme which offers our children a comprehensive PSHE curriculum including statutory Relationships, Health and Sex Education, in a series of spiral and progressive units of work. Our children discover through relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. This ensures that our PSHE teaching meets our goal of being an engaging, inclusive, supportive and safe environment. There is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week.

The different puzzle pieces are:

Being Me in My World

Celebrating Differences

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me

All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Lessons are Oracy based and  include stories, circle time and discussions to support pupils’ understanding as well as opportunities to share positive messages or ideas to support each other. Our aim is to offer our children a PSHE curriculum supported by trips, visitors and high quality resources.