Introduction to the Jigsaw Structure
Jigsaw consists of 6 Puzzles (half-term units of work) containing 6 Pieces (lessons). Each Piece has 2 Learning Intentions. One is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and the other is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced). These enhancements mean that Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with modern issues such as body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.
- Each Puzzle starts with a whole school assembly and an original song for that Puzzle.
- Each year group studies a parallel Piece of the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes.
- Teachers have access to all the resources appropriate for the particular Piece that the children are working on: film clips, images, PowerPoint, PDF’s, story books & links to online resources, etc.
- There are game and activity suggestions with printable resources provided in PDF format that can be re-used for future lessons.
- All year groups can participate in an end of Puzzle outcome, e.g. a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) which may be shared and celebrated by the entire school.
- Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation.
Jigsaw raises self-awareness, group awareness, collaboration skills, teamwork experience, respectfulness, etc., preparing children for the wider world and their position in it.