Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education

PSHE Intent

At Holy Trinity we aim to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is central to our school’s ethos, supporting children in their development, and underpinning learning in the classroom, school and in the wider community. We aim to help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We also promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school and in society. We aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE helps our pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.


Through the teaching and learning of PSHE using the Jigsaw scheme we aim to: 

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of our diverse society. 
  • Encourage a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect in a multi-cultural society and develop a sense resilience and reflection. 
  • Ensure our pupils are aware of their rights and have the language and confidence to stand up for those rights, and the rights of others. 
  • Ensure our pupils are aware of their emotions and respond accordingly. 
  • Enable children to understand what makes healthy relationships and understand that these look different for everyone. 

Teaching and Learning

At Holy Trinity, PSHE is delivered through the Jigsaw scheme. Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw properly equips our school to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year. Every lesson has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills. Each lesson is built upon a Charter which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson (one is provided within Jigsaw, but children and their teacher can write their own to ensure mutual respect and ownership).

Puzzles are launched with an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.