Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an important part of all of our children's education.

At John Rankin we use a programme called Jigsaw, which has a mindful approach to PSHE.  There are 6 Jigsaw Puzzles (half-termly units) designed so that the whole school can study the same learning themes at the same time of year, each year group at its own level.  The Puzzles are sequential and developmental throughout each academic year and cover the topics:

Please click here for the Jigsaw scheme of work age 3-11.

At JRS, we regularly hold assemblies which focus on Mental Health and the importance of discussing this topic openly in school and at home via our school communications. Our last assembly focused on the actions below which can help improve your mental health.


Sex and relationship education (SRE)

This an important part of PSHE education, and you may find the following information for parents and carers useful.

Sex and Relationship education guide for Parents

Sex and Relationship education information for Parents

We believe that knowledge empowers and protects children as long as it is age-appropriate. At secondary school, Sex Education is statutory and at JRS we believe it is vital to prepare all of our children, including those with SEND, with accurate and scientific knowledge about puberty and human reproduction before they transfer to secondary school.

Correct terminology for body parts is introduced early to normalise this biological vocabulary and to support safeguarding.  These words are not used in isolation but always in conjunction, ensuring children know these are private parts of their bodies. Regular assemblies also remind pupils of the PANTS rule. (More information can be found on the NSPCC site here.)

Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:

• EYFS - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, conception and body changes in girls and menstruation
• Year 5 - Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Year 6 - Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby


*If parents/carers wish to withdraw their child from the Sex Education elements of the RSE curriculum, they should contact the Executive Head Teacher. Please note that Sex Education is not the same as Relationships Education so a conversation with school is important to ensure there is a full understanding of the aspects of the curriculum a child can be withdrawn from.