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Orchard Primary Academy




At Orchard Primary Academy we aim to provide a high quality PSHE education which will put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships and providing essential understanding of how to be healthy.

We aim for our PSHE teaching to support the wider work of the school in supporting children’s mental wellbeing and compliment our curriculum drivers in developing respect, resilience and aspirations.

We understand the PSHE curriculum at Orchard is fundamental in supporting pupils to be happy, successful and productive members of society. We believe that our approach to teaching PSHE will enable children to  really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Through the teaching of PSHE we aim to develop children’s resilience, to enable them to know when and how to ask for help and to develop their capacity to make sound decisions.


We deliver our PSHE through the wider school and curriculum drivers of Respect, Resilience and Aspirations, and through direct PSHE lessons.

For our direct lessons we use the Jigsaw curriculum. Jigsaw provides a structured programme of personal development to nurture the ‘whole child’ and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice.

Below are the topics covered throughout the academic year. Each year group works on the same topic at the same time, at their level, consolidating and building upon prior knowledge to develop their cultural capital.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Being Me In My World Celebrating Differences Dreams and Goals Healthy Me Relationships Changing Me
Please find below a document that outlines the coverage and progression of  knowledge and skills that will be developed through the PSHE Curriculum at Orchard Primary Academy.PSHE Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Progression Document

  Jigsaw PSHE

At Orchard Primary Academy we use a scheme called Jigsaw PSHE to teach children Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. 

Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Jigsaw is designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practise and enhance the five skills associated with emotional literacy, this includes; self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings.

Following the Jigsaw Curriculum enables children to practise mindfulness, through ‘Calm Me’ time and to reflect on what has been taught and discussed at the end of each lesson.

The Jigsaw Scheme of work is also fully compliant with the DfE Statutory Relationships & Health Education Guidance 2019.

RSE and Health Education Statutory Guidance 

  Our commitment and dedication of ensuring that we give children relevant and engaging learning experiences to help them understand their own world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others has been recognised and as a result we have been selected to be a flagship school for Jigsaw. This means that other schools will be signposted to ours to demonstrate good practice in our PSHE teaching


 The impact of the PSHE Curriculum at Orchard Primary Academy can be measured in relation to pupils attitudes and behaviours including their engagement and preparedness for future life experiences.

At Orchard Primary Academy we strive to ensure that our pupils have the key life skills needed to prepare for and succeed in their adult life

Evidence of our PSHE lessons are celebrated through class Twitter pages and in addition some aspects may be recorded in books, especially in KS2. At Orchard Primary Academy, we recognise the importance of pupil voice and so regular monitoring is carried out through purposeful interactions with children to check their understanding of key concepts.

Click here to check out what we have been up to on our Twitter pages! 

Personal Development 

Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.

Our Curriculum enables children to reflect upon their place within society in order to develop the key personal, social and emotional skills to become responsible citizens. Fundamental British values are interwoven throughout the curriculum including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.