Subject Vision (Intent, Implementation, Impact):

At Ferndale, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when having new experiences, meeting new challenges and finding themselves in unfamiliar situations. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.  As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. The teaching and learning of PSHE using the Jigsaw programme supports this. Through using Jigsaw our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.

Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

 The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within Ferndale are to provide children with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to create personal understanding
  • opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life

Jigsaw deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at Ferndale also acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect other, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.

It is the school’s intent that standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which are expected of our children nationally. At Ferndale, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our jigsaw lessons in order to achieve these outstanding results across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to achieve whether that be in class or with the support of our inclusion team. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful and confident individuals


At Ferndale we also plan and deliver Relationships, sexual and health education.  Please see the parent letter below and click here for the DFE guidance.

Safeguarding curriculum

As part of our curriculum we also teach the children how to keep themselves safe and this is mapped into each year planning and coverage is monitored. This can also be reactive planning and coverage that is area/incident linked.

We use the terminology 'safeguarding' with the children when any learning is linked to keeping the children safe and we use a visual umbrella representation to discuss this.

 Please see the link below to see our plans for the safeguarding curriculum and how this links with the Jigsaw modules and other planning.