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Spa Academy Askern

Spa Academy Askern


Curriculum Intent

Spa's PSHE curriculum, as part of our overarching curriculum model, is designed with our curriculum drivers in mind:


Curriculum Implementation


Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

The progression documents on this page show the curriculum from 3 - 11, as both our feeder infant schools also use Jigsaw, allowing for a coherent PSHE & RSHE curriculum.

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World

Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy Me

Summer 1: Relationships

Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) (in purple) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills (in green).


Equality Act & Protected Characteristics

The Puzzle ‘Celebrating Difference’ is the most pertinent of units for teaching about the protected characteristics, as it focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, gender, family composition, friendships, and conflict. Children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’. Bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle. 

The ‘Relationships’ Puzzle also has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, equality in relationships, and love and loss – all of which can help to deliver the vital messages behind the Equality Act. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families and look at stereotypes.

All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet pupils’ needs and can help them understand the wider world. The grids below highlight where links are made, both implicitly and explicitly, to the protected characteristics. Note that this list is not exhaustive.

Safeguarding & Consent


PSHE & Spa's Literature-Led Curriculum

As part of Spa's Literature-Led Curriculum, the literature spine has been developed to allow pupils to confidently enjoy PSHE-themed literature in the term following discrete teaching of PSHE. More information can be found below and under the English page.

Summer 1 Literature - Mental Health, Disability & Neurodiversity

The Day I Was Erased: Thompson, Lisa: Books   The Goldfish Boy   A Kind of Spark: Elle McNicoll: 9781913311056: Books   Boy In The Tower: Ho-Yen, Polly: Books

In Summer 1, pupils study literature focused on exploring mental health, disability and neurodiversity. Spa have selected this literature to build on our No Outsiders culture and work, focused on the protected characteristics. In Year 3, pupils begin to consider differences through The Day I Was Erased, and explore the work of Lisa Thompson. In Year 4, pupils revisit Lisa Thompson as an author in their study of The Goldfish Boy. Here, pupils begin to explore OCD. In Year 5, pupils study A Kind of Spark. This promotes themes of neurodiversity and celebrating differences. In Year 6, pupils study Ho-Yen's The Boy in the Tower. Pupils are encouraged to explore further reading on these themes through our diverse library selections and weekly No Outsiders assemblies.

Summer 2 Literature - British Values

  Flying Eye Books | The Journey  The Boy At the Back of the Class: Onjali Rauf: Books  The Arrival: Tan, Shaun: 9780340969939: Books

Literature in Summer 2 is based upon British Values. In Year 3 pupils explore democracy through The Accidental Prime Minister. Through the years after this, pupils' understanding of mutual respect is developed through exploring, in different literature, the experiences of refugees, a carefully-selected theme relevant to the context of our school. In Year 4 pupils study The Journey focused on developing an understanding of war and the many reasons and treacherous journeys of refugeed. In Year 5, pupils take an inward refection using The Boy at the Back of the Class, to consider differences and how we celebrate these in Britain and our own school. In Year 6, pupils study The Arrival which applies pupils' prior knowledge to an abstract tale of refugeeism. By sequencing the study of literature in this way, pupils are able to apply a range of devices and vocabulary with increasing confidence.

Sex Education

BigTalk Education | LinkedInSupplementing Jigsaw, Spa uses Big Talk Education to provide sex education. The knowledge taught here are recapped by Jigsaw.

Spa's RSE Policy can be found at the bottom of this page. The school consults with parents ensuring they are fully informed of the sex education content pupils are taught as part of the school's PSHE & RSE curriculums. The school collects feedback from parents, for example those attending Big Talk Education's parent sessions that provide additional input and support. 


Key Documents

Please find below the key documents referred to throughout this page.

The progression documents on this page show the curriculum from 3 - 11, as both our feeder infant schools also use Jigsaw, allowing for a coherent PSHE & RSHE curriculum.