Woolavington Village Primary School

Woolavington Village Primary School

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. 

At Woolavington Village Primary School, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. Through using Jigsaw our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.

The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within Woolavington Village Primary School are to provide children with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge;
  • opportunities to create personal understanding;
  • opportunities to explore and understand the importance of relationships;
  • opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities;
  • a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life;

The Jigsaw PSHE programme supports the understanding of British values that are necessary if children are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect other, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly assemblies and weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

As mentioned above, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work for PSHE, which incorporates RSE learning within the scheme of work. It is a mindful approach to PSHE and RSE with a comprehensive scheme of learning which includes emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development alongside Health and Relationships Education.  

The Six Puzzles

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World 

Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying) 

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals 

Spring 2: Healthy Me 

Summer 1: Relationships 

Summer 2: Changing Me including RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)

Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) (in purple) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills (in green).

The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework. Each lesson is built upon a Charter which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson. Children and teachers in each class collaboratively create their own charters at the beginning of the year to ensure mutual respect and ownership.

Background information:

RSE Parent/Carer Consultation Documents:


Religious Education

At Woolavington Village Primary School, as part of our commitment to the promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, we provide an array of opportunities through our broad and balanced curriculum which includes our following of the AMV Somerset Religious Education syllabus. As a school, we want to bring a sense of hope to all that we do. In our teaching and learning there is hope for all to achieve their own excellence, and within our behaviour policy whereby everyone can begin again and restore what has been broken or lost. The development of personal beliefs and values, which may or may not be shared with other members of the community, may include the development of religious beliefs, and as a school, we seek to be a supportive environment within which pupils can explore their own beliefs.

Following the AMV Somerset Religious Education syllabus, Woolavington Village Primary School aims to help pupils become successful learners by enabling them to:

  • develop important skills, knowledge and understanding in RE
  • build progression from simple skills such as naming recognising and recalling, to complex and demanding skills such as synthesis and critical evaluation
  • develop understanding of both learning about and from religion and belief
  • access lively, challenging and compelling learning experiences which stimulate their mental, emotional and social development
  • engaging with powerful and important questions of meaning and complex, demanding ethical issues
  • understand both conflict and collaboration within and between religions and the importance of inter-faith dialogue
  • reflect upon and evaluate the role of religion and belief in the world today
  • mature in their spiritual moral, social and cultural development

RE helps pupils become confident individuals by enabling them to:

  • develop important attitudes such as sensitivity, open-mindedness, self-esteem and appreciation/wonder
  • share their own views, ideas and experiences, in a supportive learning environment, without fear or embarrassment
  • develop the ability to produce reasoned, thoughtful arguments and well-substantiated conclusions, especially when engaging with questions of meaning and ethical issues
  • develop both independent and inter-dependent learning in RE
  • express their own ideas and responses in a variety of ways such as creative writing, oral work, the use of drama, story and music
  • engage with and reflect upon key beliefs and teachings in religion regarding the purpose, value and dignity of human beings

RE helps pupils become responsible citizens by enabling them to:

  • develop both respect and sensitivity to other people’s beliefs and values
  • learn about and from the contribution of religion and belief to Community Cohesion through engaging with school, local, British and global communities
  • actively contribute to RE lessons through group and class discussions
  • learn about and from the diversity of faith and beliefs in their local, wider, British and global communities
  • critically evaluate the role and place of religion in the world
  • enrich their learning through visits to our local church – St Mary’s
  • investigate and reflect upon their rights and responsibilities
  • develop the key attitude of open-mindedness, sustaining their own views, agreeing and disagreeing respectfully and listening carefully to others

When planning RE lessons, following the AMV Somerset RE syllabus, staff consider such things as:

  • The careful selection of individual and class reading books to encourage discussion of issues.
  • Setting aside time during RE (and Jigsaw) lessons to actively value individuals e.g. use of Circle Time as a valuable tool for the expression of thoughts and feelings.
  • Science and environmental issues can raise ultimate questions about the role of humankind. “Why is the world like this?” Ethical questions are an integral part of the modern scientific world.
  • English, music, art and drama are all highly creative areas of the curriculum and can also be used to explore important issues of many kinds.
  • RE offers opportunities for reflection, empathy, exploration of value and belief systems, and the exploration of community. During Friday’s ‘Celebration Assembly’ older children will be given the opportunity to be active worship leaders e.g. writing prayers and selecting music.
  • History and geography give the opportunity to empathise with others of different times and cultures. They may raise moral questions e.g. child labour in the Victorian period. Geography can raise questions of justice and equity and our care for the natural environment.
  • PE helps people to explore their own capabilities, develop positive attitudes towards others and experience co-operation and teamwork.
  • The children are involved in decision making and taking responsibility so that they can see they are of value in the community. The Pupil Council is an important way of ensuring that all children potentially have a voice in whole school issues.

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