Our new scheme of work is called ‘Jigsaw’ and offers a mindful approach to PSHE. Jigsaw is structured into 6 half-termly Puzzles (units), with the whole school studying different pieces of the same puzzle at the same time. The puzzles are sequential and developmental from September to July.
Jigsaw, is a primary Scheme of Work for PSHE education, including 288 lesson plans and supporting teaching materials. The whole school engages in one theme at a time across all year groups, with 6 themes over the course of a year, one per half term.
The Jigsaw Charter below specifies the agreement between the children and staff in each PSHE lesson.
The teaching strategies outlined are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation.
The included ‘Jigsaw friends’ characters are unique to each year group and integral to each lesson. They are valuable teaching aides, especially for issues some pupils may consider sensitive.
The Scheme of Work also focuses on developing mindfulness techniques and enhancing pupils’ learning and personal development, therefore supporting the self- regulation of emotion, building of emotional resilience and enhancement of pupil focus and concentration, while building the capacity to learn.
Participation in whole school events such as sports day, performances and Summer and Christmas Fayres instill a genuine sense of community and belonging in our children. Our ‘house’ system fosters opportunities to take social responsibility and promotes teamwork throughout the school. We also run an effective buddy system between our Year 6 and Reception children.
Opportunities to develop team building skills come through participation in Sporting events, various classroom activities, school journey and other educational visits.