JIGSAW - THE MINDFUL APPROACH TO PSHE
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
The Puzzles and what Children learn.
Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging,
welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a
global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and
socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about
diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to
accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of
‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying
– is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their
goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges,
via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising.
Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition,
disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals
of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe,
friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress)
and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation,
keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that
health is a very broad topic.
Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships,
pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding
and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well
as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own
strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities
in families, and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and
stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old,
becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body
image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children
to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the
transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are
treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn
about how people and bodies change. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum
when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty.
Please click on the links below to see our PSHE policies:-
PHSE in Term Two
PSHE encompasses several aspects of our school curriculum. Our Jigsaw PSHE Education curriculum is taught across each year group with each class working on the same theme.
In Term Two the theme was "Celebrating Differences". We focused on similarities and differences in our school community and in the wider world. We discussed how it is everyone's right to be different, linked to the protected characteristics. The children also talked about "bullying" which linked to the term's Golden Rule of "We are kind and helpful" - getting on and falling out. For our Anti-Bullying week, everyone came to school wearing their odd socks to raise awareness bullying.
We have had some some wonderful art projects brought into school that represented the term's focus. Gabriel in Beech Class made a fantastic "House of Differences".
During our National Road Safety Week - No Need to Speed, the children discussed how to keep safe on the roads especially during the winter months. They sequenced the safety order of how to cross the road, stop, look, listen, think.