Tweedmouth Community Middle School

PSHE and Relationships & Sex Education - the JIGSAW approach

Personal, Social and Health Education

At Tweedmouth Community Middle School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities (Please check out our Tweedmouth & the Community page). Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities. We also provide information via our school Lunch page on nutrition, healthy diet, being active and food allergies.

Please also use our 'SUBJECTS' pages  to find out what they are learning about in the relevant Curriculum Overview.

Please click here to read SMCS Outcomes Document


The Jigsaw Approach


Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. A lesson a week with the teaching resources included, helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.


The Six Puzzles (Themes/ Units of work)

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year and which develop across all four years of Middle School:

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 Sex Education)


The whole school works on the same Puzzle at the same time, meaning that each Puzzle can be launched with a whole-school assembly and learning can be celebrated by the whole school in a meaningful way.

The Jigsaw 11-16 Programme also has the same 6 puzzles, aiding transition and progression from ages 3-16.


Year 5 & 6 Statutory Relationship and Health Education (DfE, England 2019)

Jigsaw provides a comprehensive PSHE Programme which covers all the requirements of the government guidance and outcomes, and more. The Relationships and Healthy Me Puzzles (units) cover most of the aspects in the guidance but these are enhanced, revisited and foundations built throughout the Jigsaw Programme. Jigsaw’s philosophy starts by building positive self-image, a sense of identity and a healthy relationship with self, and from that starting point helps children grow healthy relationships with others. Health Education in Jigsaw embraces not only physical health but has a strong focus on mental health and emotional literacy throughout, and empowers children to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings and know how to manage and regulate these - e.g. using ‘Calm Me’ mindfulness techniques. Jigsaw values every child and so takes inclusivity as a given, promoting acceptance of individuals for who they are and who they will become. Please see the PARENT LEAFLET BELOW which gives more details on the Jigsaw approach to LGBT+ relationships education.


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development

Every Piece (lesson) contributes to at least one of these aspects of children’s development.

 Safeguarding, British Values, Prevent and Ofsted

The Relationships and Changing Me Puzzles have a strong safeguarding focus in particular, obvious to teachers but not necessarily so explicit to children. Our philosophy is to grow resilience and positive self esteem and confidence in children, so they can recognise when they feel uncomfortable in a situation and know who to trust and how to speak up for help. They respect themselves and their bodies and know what healthy relationships feel like. There may be some issues that some schools feel they do not yet need to include in their universal PSHE curriculum, but others do, e.g. FGM and sexuality issues. In this case, we may well add specific lesson plans to the Community area of the Jigsaw website and/or signpost people to specialist resources/websites for further information, and Jigsaw schools are then welcome to download these for FREE and use them as they see fit.

Teachers are to be aware that sometimes disclosures may be made during Jigsaw lessons in which case, safeguarding procedures must be followed immediately. Sometimes it is clear that certain children may need time to talk one-to-one after the lesson closes. It is important to allow the time and appropriate staffing for this to happen.

At TCMS we take children’s safety and well-being very seriously, trying to empower them to speak up and get help if needed and to know how to keep themselves safe.

Year 7 PHSE Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum Overview

Parent Leaflet - LGBT+ Information

Year 8 PHSE Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum Overview