PSHE and MindUp

At Heathland school, we believe that Personal, Social and Health Education should be embedded into everyday life. We believe in the importance of developing our pupils’ knowledge and skills to keep themselves healthy and safe. We enable our pupils to learn the skills and attributes needed to manage many of the potential critical opportunities, responsibilities and challenges they will face as they grow up. We do this through our shared values, and we use these to tackle barriers to learning through teaching self-esteem, resilience and empathy. The emphasis of British Values is weaved into the full curriculum.

We aim to:

– Broaden pupils experience through a range of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural opportunities (SMSC).

– Provide a balanced and broad curriculum that allows children to develop knowledge and skills that prepare them for later life.

– Develop pupils’ mindfulness which will benefit the increase in concentration, focus and emotional awareness.


Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Nursery through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. The statutory guidance for Relationships and Health Education for primary schools is also covered within this scheme.

SMSC development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and recognise how they relate to other people in the world.

Jigsaw contributes to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.

The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson).

We link our whole school assemblies and our Friday Golden Assembly to the Jigsaw Themes and Values being taught and applied through the PSHE curriculum. We are proud of the way we promote emotional wellbeing for all our pupils through our Jigsaw programme which underpins the whole of our curriculum.

The 6 Jigsaw Puzzles are designed so the whole school can study the same learning themes at the same time, each year group at its own level. The Puzzles are sequential and developmental throughout each academic year. They are:

  • Being Me
  • Celebrating Differences
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

Each child has a Jigsaw Journal where we store all their learning activities.

You can find out more about JIGSAW by downloading the PDF guides for parents using the links below.



Mind Up

At Heathland school, we teach the MindUP curriculum, which is an approach to teaching pupils about their feelings, emotions and actions.  Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP teaches the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion act with kindness and form positive relationships with others.

MindUP is integrated into our PSHE curriculum, and children learn about the different parts of the brain and the link between these and their emotions and feelings, alongside mindful behaviours including mindful listening, looking and tasting.  Children are exposed to multiple brain breaks throughout the day where children are guided to close their eyes and listen to a chime and a scripted activity. Pupils are made aware to focus on their breathing, giving them a tool to help them to regulate their stress and emotions through regulating their physiology, and activating the attentional regions of the brain.

To find out more about Mind Up please visit their website on the link below:

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

Our RSE curriculum is designed to match guidelines from the Department for Education. Any changes to our approach will be discussed through a consultation phase, where parents will be made aware of the changes.

We believe that knowledge at an age appropriate level empowers and protects children, reducing any anxiety that they may experience as they grow. At secondary school, the teaching of Sex Education is statutory and we believe that primary schools should prepare children with accurate knowledge about puberty and human reproduction before they take the next step into secondary school.

The 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. Everything we teach at Heathland school is child centred, with the safety of pupils being our priority.