PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)

At Dane Bank we have adopted the Jigsaw scheme of work for PSHCE and RSHE.

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. These resources help teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building a relationship with their class and getting to know them better as unique human beings. 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.

Work is celebrated in class floor books and displays around schools – if you would like to have a look at some of our work, please look through the slideshow below.

In PSHE, we set goals and targets for ourselves...

Lesson focus in Year 6: How can we ‘make our mark’ this year? What will we achieve and aim for? What will our legacy be as we leave the school at the end of the year?

In PSHE, we spend time thinking about our strengths and special skills...

Lesson focus in Year 2: What makes us great? Do we have special skills that add to our greatness? What does it mean to have a personal strength – and what are ours?

In PSHE, we think about how democracy works and our place in it.

Lesson focus in Year 3: What is democracy and how does it work in our school? What part can I play in a democratic system?

Here – our floor books were used to record our learning.

In PSHE, we celebrate difference.

Lesson focus in Year 3: What makes us all the same and what makes us different? In what ways is it good to be different? Is difference always a positive thing?

In PSHE, we discuss our hopes and dreams...

Lesson focus in Year 5: How are our individual hopes and dreams? Do these always come true? How does it feel when they don’t and how can we deal with these feelings?

In PSHE, we discuss our friendships and how these relationships work...

 Lesson focus in Year 3: What different friends do I have? Is it okay to have lots of different friendship groups? What makes friendships work well and why do they sometimes go wrong?

In PSHE, we discuss our futures and talking about "flying high"...

 Lesson focus in Year 4: How can we make this year our best year ever? What does it mean to “fly high” and what part do we play in this?

Jigsaw Overview

The Jigsaw scheme of work connects the pieces of Personal, Social, Health and Well-Being Education with an ongoing focus on mindfulness woven throughout. The programme teaches children emotional literacy, social- and lifelong skills and resilience. The scheme also covers the statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum in an age-appropriate manner. Jigsaw gives children and young people the tools to have the best possible life. The programme equips them for happier and healthier lives, giving them agency to make their way through the world.

The scheme is broken down in to 6 ‘puzzles’ – one for each half term. Each ‘puzzle’ has a different focus and a brief overview can be seen below for each. All classes across school cover the same ‘puzzle’ theme at the same time – supporting a whole-school approach.

To see an overview of what is covered in each year group for each ‘puzzle’ – please click on the images below.

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As a supplement to our PSHE curriculum, we are proud to be a “myHappymind” school!

We are proud to be a part of the myHappymind Family!

As a whole school program grounded in science and dedicated to building positive mental wellbeing, myHappymind helps children understand how their brains work and creates a culture that helps to build children’s resilience, confidence, and self-esteem.

myHappymind also teaches the children how to self-regulate and manage their emotions in stressful times, allowing them to be their very best selves!

Learn more here:

myHappymind lessons are taught all across school – from Nursery, right the way yup to Year 6. The programme consists of 5 modules which are outlined below:

Meet Your Brain

Understanding how your brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at
our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this too.


Understanding your unique character strengths and learning to celebrate them. This is a fantastic module for building self-esteem.


Understanding why gratitude matters and how you can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to well-being and
resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!


Understanding why positive relationships matter and how to build them. We’re focussed on the building blocks of good relationships and friendships.


Understanding how to set meaningful goals that matter and how to keep resilient in times of challenge. This module is all about building self-esteem and resilience too.