Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people the world.
What is a mindful approach?
How would children benefit if they could be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, on purpose with no judgement?
This is what mindfulness means. It can be learnt, and techniques to develop it taught. It also needs to be practised.
We believe mindfulness is a vital tool for life, not only does it support the regulation of emotion and build emotional resilience but also enhances focus and concentration; both helping to optimise learning.
Mindful children can more readily choose their responses to situations rather than react while caught up in the thought-flows and emotions.
In Jigsaw PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises, visualizations etc, all tried, tested and very enjoyable activities for children and teachers alike.
Observing your thoughts and feelings, on purpose, in the present moment with no judgement…what a gift!
Is Jigsaw PSHE a whole school approach?
Jigsaw PSHE 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 (with an original song), generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. The Weekly Celebration highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
What does Jigsaw PSHE consist of?
7 Full Colour Folders, with one for each year group (F1/2 – year 6)
288 Lesson Plans, one a week for each year group
Teaching resources for every lesson
Powerpoint presentations, photographs, interactive games and activities
SMSC opportunities throughout
Original songs with music CD
Weekly Behaviour Focus
Differentiated support for SEN
Assessment tasks with attainment descriptors
Range of teaching/learning approaches including ‘The Jigsaw Circle Approach’
7 Jigsaw Friends (soft toys)
7 Jigsaw Chimes
(Schools buy just the year groups’ folders they need for their school)
How does Jigsaw PSHE work?
There are 6 Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with 6 Pieces (lessons). Each Piece has two 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 one is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced). The enhancements mean that Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety.
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 e.g. a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school.
Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation.
The 6 Puzzles:
Each Puzzle starts with a whole school assembly and an original song for that Puzzle.
Being Me in My World
Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters)
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
Dreams and Goals
Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills
Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change
Jigsaw PSHE is the culmination of over 50 years’ experience in teaching and advisory work. It has taken many hundreds of hours to write, and much dedication and commitment from all those involved.
Its mission is to support very busy teachers to deliver high-quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (as well as all the other things Jigsaw aims to convey) to the children in their schools; to bring fun and creativity into PSHE Education whilst ensuring a developmental and progressive curriculum.
The heart of our motivation for Jigsaw is to make things better for children, both now and in their futures.