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Being a Philosopher (PSHE)

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” Dalai Lama


Lead Philosopher: Katherine Jenkins



Our intention is that when children leave CCI, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotional resilience to be able to be an active, positive and responsible member of the community. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. 


Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.



EYFS In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as a sequence lessons using the Jigsaw Scheme of Work as well as elements being taught throughout the enquiries. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS and the PSED Early Learning Goals.


Key Stage 1 - At Key Stage 1, PSHE is taught through the Jigsaw Scheme of Work (a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum). We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 


Jigsaw is a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. Drug and alcohol education is covered at an age approapriate level as part of the '4. Healthy Me' element within the Jigsaw scheme of work.


Please click HERE to find out more information about Jigsaw for parents and carers. 


How is it organised across the school?


PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level):


The JIGSAW aims and objectives meet the statutory guidance from the DFE which came into effect in 2020.


The grid below shows specific RSE content for each year group in the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle piece taught in Term 6.


Jigsaw also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.



PSHE is planned carefully using the Jigsaw Scheme of Work to ensure progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school. We assess the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Work in scrap books
  • Work displayed in enquiry floor books.
  • Photographs and videos of children’s work
  • Displays of children's work
  • Children’s voice surveys (Pupil conferencing)
  • Specific subject assessments every other term


When do we assess and how is the data used?

We use teacher judgement to assess at the end of each term how well a child has mastered the objectives that have been covered. This information is recorded and added to our assessment system three times a year. This information is also used to monitor subject coverage and plan next steps. We feedback to parent and carers about their child as an artist in a written report three times a year.