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Jigsaw 3-11, the mindful approach to PSHE, is an integrated scheme of learning, for Personal, Social, Health Education, with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health, SMSC and spiritual development.

With strong emphasis on emotional literacy and nurturing mental health as the necessary underpinnings for learning, Jigsaw equips teachers with detailed lesson plans and all resources required to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE incorporating a whole-school approach.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective PSHE scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Jigsaw 3-11 meets statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education and supports Ofsted!

Assurance from Jan Lever

The ‘Ayes’ have it!

House of Commons vote for statutory RSE

Commons votes for Statutory RSE and Health Education

Education Resource Awards Finalist
Education Resources Awards
2018 Finalist

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What's in Jigsaw 3-11 for England?

Key Points

Choose the Whole School Set or select Individual Year Group Sets. Either way,  you will be equipped with beautifully printed, colour teaching folders (1 per year group) with weekly lesson plans and teaching resources. The Jigsaw Approach also includes the electronic version of the teaching materials as well as the original songs, Jigsaw Friends, Jigsaw Chimes, assemblies, assessment process and weekly celebrations.

  • 288 Lesson Plans with complete resources
  • Powerpoint Presentations, Images, Interactive Games and Activities
  • Assemblies (with original songs, music and Powerpoint slides)
  • SMSC and British Values mapped in every lesson
  • SEND differentiation (P levels)
  • Varied teaching/learning activities (VAK)
  • Assessment tasks with attainment descriptors
  • Free ongoing mentor support and access to additional materials in the password-protected Jigsaw Community Area

Jigsaw Whole-School Set

So, does Jigsaw PSHE 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, DOES WORK!

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.
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What do we mean by a 'Mindful' approach?

Jigsaw teaches children to become aware of their thoughts
and feelings, as they happen, helping them to concentrate,
focus and regulate their emotional states.

The Calm Me time at the beginning of each Piece (lesson)
develops mindfulness using breathing techniques,
awareness exercises and visualisations.

The Jigsaw Structure

in greater detail
Jigsaw consists of six Puzzles (half-term units of work) containing six Pieces (lessons) for each academic year. Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to PSHE outcomes and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.

Jigsaw equips children to thrive in today’s world, building resilience and self-esteem and helping them understand real issues e.g. body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and online safety.

Every Puzzle is launched with a whole-school assembly and an original song. Each year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, at their own level, (sequentially building through the school year), facilitating whole-school learning themes.

All year groups participate in an end-of-Puzzle outcome, e.g. a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) shared and celebrated by the whole-school community. The teaching and learning activities are varied and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation.

Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, has a unique lesson structure through the Primary Phase, designed to maximise the learning process.

The Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).

Full Document

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Our generic booklet

The 6 Jigsaw Puzzles

In order to also demonstrate progression, we have selected the samples below using 6 year groups from the available 8

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 Ages 6-7 (Piece 6)
Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
Dreams and Goals
Dreams and Goals Ages 7-8 (Piece 5)
Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
Healthy Me
Healthy Me Ages 8-9 (Piece 2)
Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
Relationships Ages 9-10 (Piece 3)
Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
Changing Me
Changing Me Ages 10-11 (Piece 1)
This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change.
Around 95% of Bristol Primary schools are using Jigsaw PSHE to deliver social and emotional skills in every lesson including Mindfulness, increasing focus on support around mental health and wellbeing. We were fortunate to discover the Jigsaw PSHE programme and found it gave us all we were looking for, and more!
Bristol City Council (Unitary Authority)

What are the benefits of the Jigsaw Programme...

What Children Say

…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.  See also Jigsaw the Movie for more video.


…for the headteacher?

  • comprehensive PSHE programme
  • maps SMSC
  • contributes to British Values
  • 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 PSHE
  • allows monitoring through Jigsaw Journals
  • includes Relationships and Sex Education
  • ongoing support from the Jigsaw Team

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SMSC and British Values

with Jigsaw PSHE
This comprehensive PSHE programme offers many opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as contributing significantly to all strands of the British Values agenda.

Jigsaw does all of this in abundance. SMSC is mapped on every lesson plan and balanced across each year group.

British Values are mapped in separate documents which you can download from this site.

Each lesson plan has an Emotional Literacy / SMSC circle like this one in the top-right corner of the lesson plan to indicate the key areas covered.

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How much is Jigsaw 3-11?

Jigsaw Pricing: - BUY NOW and get lifetime electronic updates and online mentor support

Nursery (Ages 3-4) F1 Set

from £ 300

+ Carriage & VAT

  • Electronic teaching materials for nursery (ages 3-4)
  • Jigsaw Jenie Friend (shown)
  • Jigsaw Chime
  • E-Resources and music
  • Hardcopy option

Single Year

from £ 300

+ Carriage & VAT
Jigsaw Year 5 Set

  • Electronic teaching materials for selected year group
  • Jigsaw Friend (Year 5 shown)
  • Jigsaw Chime
  • E-Resources and music
  • Hardcopy option

Whole School Set Best Option

from £ 1925

+ Carriage & VAT
Image of Whole School Set 2017

  • 7 x Electronic teaching materials (Ages 4-11)
  • 7 x Jigsaw Friends (shown)
  • 7 x Jigsaw Chimes
  • E-Resources and music
  • Hardcopy option

Inspection Materials

£ Free

to recognised schools
Jigsaw Inspection Materials

  • Electronic Inspection Materials
  • Videos and Free Product Samples
  • Unlimited Inspection Time
  • No Worries!

If you have more than one class per year group, we recommend each class has its own Friend and chime. You can order any extras from our shop

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

contact our friendly team on +44(0)1202 377193

or email

Not sure and need to know more?

Not put all the pieces together yet? – No problem!

Get FREE access to our online Inspection Materials. Included are videos from the Creator and Director of Jigsaw PSHE, walk through’s of the materials, electronic samples to keep, videos of teachers and children who use Jigsaw in their schools etc.

We may also be able to put you in touch with one of our flagship schools who would be glad to show you how Jigsaw PSHE performs and the benefits it has given their children.

You may also contact our friendly team via emailing, or by calling our main office telephone on +44 (0)1202 377193.

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  • Unlimited Inspection Time

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