At Windrush Primary we use the comprehensive Jigsaw PSHE program, please see below for further information about the program:
What is PSHE Education?
PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education?
According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum, every schools needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’
promotes British values
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to promote pupil well-being and pupil safeguarding (Children Act, 2004) and community cohesion (Education Act, 2006). PSHE Education plays an important part in fulfilling all of these responsibilities.
In order to fulfil its duties relating to social/moral/spiritual/cultural development (SMSC), behaviour and safety, and to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which meets pupils’ needs and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of adult life, “a school’s best approach is to ensure that a comprehensive programme of PSHE Education is in place” – according to the PSHE Association (2014).
What is Jigsaw, and how does it work?
Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for the whole primary school from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6 (ages 3-11). It was launched in July 2013 and hundreds of schools across the country are using it.
Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
What will Jigsaw teach my child?
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
The Puzzles and what children learn
What else is included?
There are numerous additional aspects of the Jigsaw programme, including the Jigsaw Friends (jigsaw-shaped soft toys), Jigsaw chimes (used to help and encourage calming techniques) and the Jigsaw Journal, which is a portfolio of children’s work as well as an opportunity for each child to celebrate his learning journey and self-development.
The Jigsaw Approach is underpinned by mindfulness. 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 and through both taught lessons and the Calm Me time exercises (using the Jigsaw chime), helping to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated.
How can I find out more information about Jigsaw and how it is taught in my child’s school?
The best thing to do is to talk to you child’s teacher about how Jigsaw is taught in school. Alternatively, you can talk to the school’s head teacher. If there are some very specific questions that the head teacher or class teacher thinks would be answered best by the Jigsaw team, the school can contact the team directly. Parents and carers are very welcome to visit the Jigsaw website www.jigsawpshe.com.