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Merrow CofE Infant School - Kingfisher Drive, Guildford GU4 7EA | | 01483 561501
Merrow Junior School - Sheeplands Ave, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2SG | | 01483 598544,

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Merrow Schools Federation

Together We Grow


Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage the opportunities,  challenges and responsibilities that they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.  Our PSHE curriculum focuses on the fundamental areas of: relationships (including those online) and health (both physical and mental). By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy,  building their self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our PSHE scheme will  support all our children, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and help them to enjoy successful life experiences. It aims to build children’s capacity for learning and equip them for life. 



We educate and actively encourage our children to be thoughtful, responsible citizens who are able to make reasoned, valued judgments. We promote caring for themselves and others and the qualities and attitudes of desirable social values. Social and emotional aspects of learning are also linked into our units of work and opportunities for children to talk about issues personal to them are provided. 

Wherever possible, links to PSHE are made across the curriculum undertaking residential trips that build up teamwork skills.  

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) forms part of our statutory teaching.  The overall aim of RSE is to foster a positive notion of lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development, including how to look after physical and mental health.  We support the development of self-respect and empathy for others and promote the development of skills and understanding necessary to manage conflict peaceably, teaching children to learn how to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the non- scientific aspects of the sex education programme. 

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Our Jigsaw curriculum contains all the requirements of the National Curriculum. Every Jigsaw lesson includes mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings through the Calm Me time exercises (using the Jigsaw Chime) and Pause Points (using Jigsaw Jerrie Cat). This helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions and behaviour are self-regulated


On leaving our schools a successful learner of this subject will:

  • Have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities and act on these; 
  • Show empathy and display our school and the British Values, being respectful and tolerant; 
  • Be equipped with strategies for regulating their emotions and achieving physical and mental health;
  • Know how to stay safe in multiple situations, including online; 
  • Have the communication skills to make and maintain relationships effectively;
  • Be keen learners with excellent listening skills and a positive attitude;
  • Demonstrate resilience and a ‘growth mindset’ attitude to face change/challenges positively 


Progression of Knowledge and Skills document


Jigsaw information for parents

If you would like more information about statutory Relationships and Health Education, please click here to read the government guide “Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents”.