Character Curriculum (PSHE, SMSC, RSE, BV, Health and Wellbeing, Citizenship, P4C)


At Thomas’s Academy, we follow a scheme of work called ‘Jigsaw’ to teach our Character Curriculum. The course seeks to develop a culture of wellbeing so that the children will live positive and healthy lives both at school and beyond. Each half term, the whole school focuses on the following themes:



Puzzle (Unit)


Autumn 1:

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Autumn 2:

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding.

Spring 1:

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society.

Spring 2:

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise.

Summer 1:


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss.

Summer 2:

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change.


Character curriculum (Jigsaw) is taught by teachers from Reception to Year 6 and is taught on a weekly basis. We use the curriculum map to inform our whole school weekly themes and ensure children are rewarded for their efforts in the correlating rewards assemblies. Planning and lesson resources are all included online via the Jigsaw website.