Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)
In our school we believe PSHE is essential for children to be able to have a successful and fulfilling learning journey through out their school life. In order to help the children have an outstanding learning experience we are now delivering the PSHE curriculum through a new scheme called Jigsaw.
What is PSHE?
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.
Why do schools have to teach PSHE?
According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and in society.
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
- Promotes British values- democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
Jigsaw supports our ethos and values and everything we are trying to teach the children.
What is Jigsaw and how does it work?
Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
- To build their capacity for learning
- To equip them for life.
What will Jigsaw teach my child?
There are six Puzzles (half term units of work) each with six pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same puzzle at the same time. This allows the whole school the ability to celebrate achievements in Jigsaw together. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age-and stage-appropriate way so that they meet the children’s needs.
The Jigsaw approach
The Jigsaw approach is underpinned by mindfulness. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own judgements and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through both taught lesson and the CALM ME TIME exercises. This helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated.
Each week within Jigsaw there is a weekly celebration with a key theme. Each day a child will be given a celebration sheet in their class and these will be displayed all week and celebrated in Friday’s celebration assembly. For example next week we are celebrating people who “Help others to feel welcome”.
For more information on our Jigsaw PSHE program please speak to a member of staff or visit the Jigsaw website where you can find more information: