Lace Hill Academy



At Lace Hill Academy, we value the importance of teaching RSHE to our pupils. We believe that by educating our children, they are better prepared for the changes that may happen to their bodies.

What is RSHE?

RSHE stands for Relationships, Sexual and Health Education. At LHA, we teach RSHE as part of our PSHE curriculum through the two puzzle pieces: Relationships and Changing Me.

Why do we teach RSHE?

We want our children to:

  • Understand and respect their bodies.
  • Develop positive and healthy age appropriate relationships.
  • Love themselves and have positive feelings about their own body image.
  • Empower our children to have the knowledge so that they can keep themselves safe.

Please read the attached leaflet that outlines the RSHE curriculum that we follow at Lace Hill Academy. Lessons are planned and taught to address the needs of our classes. We ensure that that the vocabulary is age appropriate and that the children are in a safe and happy environment to explore their learning.

Parents and carers can exercise their right to withdraw their child from the non-statutory elements of Sex education however we feel that is an essential part of the curriculum in order to empower children to safeguard themselves and develop positive mental health. Please come and speak to Mrs Jones or Mrs Cronin who would be happy to discuss this with you.  Parents and carers cannot withdraw their children from the elements taught through the Science National Curriculum, Relationships or Health Education.


At Lace Hill Academy we follow a primary programme called Jigsaw to support teaching and learning in PSHE.

What is Jigsaw?

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Jigsaw is designed on a whole school approach with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. Each theme starts with an introductory assembly and is supported by a song to reinforce the learning.
There are 6 themes (puzzles)

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.

Each puzzle has six lessons (pieces) which work towards an end product.

Each lesson (piece) has two learning intentions. One is based on specific PSHE (personal, social, health education) learning and one is based on SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning).

The programme of learning has been enhanced to ensure it is relevant to children living in today’s world; it helps them to understand and become equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying and internet safety.

Each lesson (piece) contribute to at least one aspect of children’s SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development.
How does it work in your child’s classroom?
The right learning environment for the teaching of PSHE is important. To enable this, we establish a set of ‘ground rules’, so that a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class is established.

The ground rules would include aspects of

We take turns to speak.
We use kind and positive words.
We listen to each other.
We have the right to pass.
We only use names when giving compliments or when being positive.
We respect each other’s privacy (confidentiality).
Most lessons include the use of circle time. This is a tried and tested teaching approach. It brings children together to feel equal and valued so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings. Each class has a Jigsaw friend (talking object) which is a useful distancing technique and helps children work with potentially sensitive issues without asking them directly.

Meet our Jigsaw friends…

Reception - Jenie (Light Blue)

Year 1 - Jack (Orange)

Year 2 - Jo (Pink)

Year 3 and Year 4 - Jino (Purple)

The lessons are structured in a way that allows the pupils to achieve the following…

Improve their social skills to better enable collaborative learning.
Prepare them for learning.
Help the brain to focus on specific learning intention.
Initiate new learning.
Facilitate learning activities to reinforce the new learning.
Support them in reflection on their learning and personal development.
How is your child’s development assessed?
Each puzzle has an assessment task that is built into pieces of 5 or 6. There are three attainment Descriptions for each year group; working towards, working at and working beyond. This assessment opportunity allows both the child and the teacher to assess their learning.

It is an exciting time here at Lace Hill Academy and we look forward to observing how Jigsaw works with our children and meaning the impact of it as they move through the school.

If you would like to find out more about jigsaw the please visit