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Jigsaw Scotland is a comprehensive Health and Well-being scheme of work covering the 8 key SHANARRI indicators.

Jigsaw Scotland brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in a structured and comprehensive scheme of work covering; Being Safe (S), Being Healthy (H), Achieving (A), Being Nurtured (N), Being Active (A), Being Respected (R), Taking Responsibility (R) and Being Included (I).

Jigsaw includes cross-curricular links, Assessment Benchmarks and comprehensively meets all the Experiences and Outcomes (Es and Os) for Health and Wellbeing (except for those needing to be taught exclusively through Physical Education lessons).

With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy and nurturing mental health as the necessary underpinnings for learning, with a unique mindfulness approach in every lesson, Jigsaw Scotland provides detailed lesson plans providing practitioners with everything they need to deliver creative teaching and learning activities.

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What's included in Jigsaw Scotland?

Key Points

  • 324 lesson plans for Early Level to Primary 7 (ages 3-12)
  • Fully mapped against Curriculum for Excellence
  • Contributes to National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes and GIRFEC
  • Assemblies and Original Songs with Music MP3’s
  • Weekly behaviour focus and reward system
  • Fully supports children’s personal development and wellbeing
  • Safeguarding and age-appropriate Relationships and Sex Education
  • Health Education inc. drug and alcohol education, emotional and physical health
  • Positive mental health through mindfulness, building self-esteem, emotional literacy and social skills
  • Differentiated support for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

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So, does Jigsaw really work?

Independent evidence says yes!

The Sheffield Hallam Centre for Education and Inclusion Research conducted an independent impact study with 101 schools, 195 teachers and 812 children and concluded that Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, really works!

Jigsaw is attractive, clearly laid out and looks very teacher and child-friendly. Staff like the Jigsaw characters and structure of the lessons. We feel the whole school assemblies will help us develop our school community ethos. The 'Calm Me Time' is an excellent idea and will further support and develop the Mindfulness practise already in the school.
Health and Wellbeing Lead - Glasgow
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What do we mean by a 'Mindful' approach?

Jigsaw teaches children to become aware of their thoughts
and feelings throughout the programme, relating this
to the Health and Wellbeing subject matter being studied.

The Calm Me time at the beginning of each Piece (lesson)
develops mindfulness using breathing techniques,
awareness excercises and visualisations, plus tried
and tested activities which are enjoyable
for children and teachers alike.

The Jigsaw Structure

in greater detail
For each academic year, Jigsaw consists of six Puzzles (half-term units of work) containing six Pieces (lessons). Every Piece has two Learning Intentions. One is based on Health & Wellbeing learning and further enhanced to address children’s needs today. The other is based on emotional literacy and social skills. 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 today’s issues such as body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and online safety.

Every Puzzle starts with a whole school assembly and an original song for that Puzzle. Each year group studies a parallel Piece of that same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from August 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. The 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.

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The Jigsaw Puzzles

Being Me in My World
Being Me in My World Ages 4-5 yrs (Piece 2)
Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
Celebrating Difference
Celebrating Difference Primary 2 (Piece 6)
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
Dreams and Goals
Dreams and Goals Primary 3 (Piece 5)
Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
Healthy Me
Healthy Me Primary 4 (Piece 2)
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
Relationships Primary 5 (Piece 3)
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
Changing Me
Changing Me Primary 6 (Piece 1)
This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change.
In a joint venture with NHS Orkney, Jigsaw is providing a strategic and operational strategy for a consistent and progressive approach to the delivery of Health and Wellbeing/Personal and Social Health Education ... as we begin a phased implementation across our primary schools ... we have been provided with excellent and continuous support by Jan Lever and the Jigsaw Team.
Head of Education and Schools Improvement (Orkney)

What are the benefits of the Jigsaw Programme...

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…for the children?

creates learning experiences they look forward to
establishes a safe learning environment
offers accurate information
builds skills essential for life and relationships
equips them for a diverse world
gives resilience and inner strength
develops mindfulness

…for the teacher?

structured lesson plans for the whole year
high-quality resources
short-cuts planning time
differentiation ideas
guides through the most sensitive issues
enhances children’s concentration
improves behaviour and enhances relationships
increases children’s capacity to learn

Primary School teachers interviewed about Jigsaw by ScreenPLAY. Also see Jigsaw the Movie for more video.


…for the headteacher?

comprehensive Health & Wellbeing programme
maps the Curriculum for Excellence and SHANARRI indicators
contributes to National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes and GIRFEC
consistency, continuity and progression
diversity, respect, positive behaviour
assessment process
assemblies included

…for the Health & Wellbeing subject leader?

provides an overall structure of lesson planning and approach for the whole school
gives an assessment framework with attainment descriptors for every Puzzle
covers all aspects of the National Health & Wellbeing Outcomes (Scotland)
allows monitoring through Jigsaw Journals
includes Relationships and Sex Education
ongoing support from the Jigsaw Team


How much is Jigsaw Scotland?

To find out about all the different sets and options available and how Jigsaw can best fit into your school,

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Want to know more?

The Curriculum for Excellence and Jigsaw Scotland
Our article Jigsaw and the Scottish National Curriculum gives further explanation of how the programme‘s whole school, spiral and progressive approach ensures that the health and wellbeing framework is fully addressed in a way that is accessible and exciting to both staff and children.

To aid teachers’ understanding of how Jigsaw fits with the overall progression of knowledge and skills from Early Level (3-4 and 4-5) right through to Primary 7, you can request the full set of mapping documents. These show the complete scheme of work for all year groups against the ‘E’s and ‘O’s and Benchmarks.

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Scotland Mapping Documents

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Curriculum for Excellence and Jigsaw Scotland (Document Set)

  • Jigsaw’s Curriculum Coverage from ages 3-4 to Primary 7
  • Curriculum Map for ages 3-4
  • Curriculum Map for ages 4-5
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 1 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 2 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 3 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 4 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 5 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 6 materials
  • Curriculum Map for Primary 7 materials

All mapping documents include:

  • Health & Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes
  • Cross-curricular Links
  • Assessment Benchmarks

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