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John Gulson

Relationships and Health Education (RHE)



At John Gulson Primary School we believe that PSHE and RHE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, accepting, active and responsible citizens.

At John Gulson we use Jigsaw, which is an original and comprehensive scheme of work that ensures the current Primary PSHE objectives are covered at age appropriate levels and covers the RHE requirements for primary (from Nursery through to Year 6). Following a thorough consultation with parents/carers, pupils, staff and Governors, we opted to change the final unit of the year from 'Changing Me' to 'Empowering Me'. A bespoke unit was written ensuring that safeguarding and inclusivity was at the heart. It integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC) as well as enabling us to meet the duty placed upon us for RHE. We also teach our children about the Equality Act 2010 and the protected characteristics. We use stories as a medium to discuss equality and teach about tolerance, acceptance and life in modern Britain.


Our Jigsaw themes are:

  • Being me in my world
  • Celebrating differences
  • Dreams and goals
  • Healthy me
  • Relationships
  • Empowering me - this unit has been written by the school in conjunction with parents, carers, staff and children.

At John Gulson, we deliver a curriculum that supports the children in learning to know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. We promote the importance of understanding and respecting our common humanity, diversity and differences, so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Through Jigsaw, topics that are relevant to children living in today’s world are covered and it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with modern issues such as body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.

Jigsaw’s mindful approach teaches children to become aware of their thoughts and feelings. Each Jigsaw lesson begins with ‘calm me’ time so that children feel relaxed and ready to start their learning. The breathing techniques learnt can then be used by the children at other times.

Across the year, the children find out about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and communities.

Opportunities for responsibilities in school include Head Boy and Head Girl, our United Nations School Council, Mental Health Champions and Eco-Warriors.


As part of our Empowering Me Unit, we use the NSPCC Pants resources to ensure that our children are being taught about what is acceptable and unacceptable when knowing how to be safe. For more information, please use the link below:

Teaching About the Protected Characteristics

 Reception Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 1 Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 2 Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 3 Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 4 Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 5 Text Overview 2022-2023

 Year 6 Text Overview 2022-2023

Autumn 1 Whole School Overview


 Autumn 2 Whole School Overview

 Spring 1 Whole School Overview

 Spring 2 Whole School Overview


 Summer 1 Whole School Overview

 Summer 2 Whole School Overview