This year at Castlecombe, we started using a new scheme of work to support the teaching of PSHE across our school starting in our early years through to Year 6. Jigsaw, is a whole school approach bringing together all aspects of the PSHE Curriculum, including emotional literacy, social skills as well as spiritual development.
Jigsaw is divided into six different sequential and developmental puzzle pieces, which are split across the academic year. Each year group has its own jigsaw piece, used at the start of each lesson. All puzzles (units) start with an introductory assembly, to introduce the children to the topic. Each week there are weekly celebrations related to the puzzle.
We study the following puzzles:
Autumn 1 Being Me
Autumn 2 Celebrating Difference
Spring 1 Dreams and Goals
Spring 2 Healthy Me
Summer 1 Relationships
Summer 2 Changing Me
Each Jigsaw PSHE lesson starts with the Jigsaw Charter, which the children use to help them understand and respect the views of others. The lesson is then broken up in different segments, including a calm me script which helps refocus the children, and the opportunity for the children to reflect on their learning at the end of the lesson.
Through our PSHE Curriculum, we encourage the children to develop and gain understanding of their own and different beliefs. As well as this, the children learn to understand that we live in a diverse society, enabling them to form relationships with those around them. Pupils will be able to understand their rights and responsibilities and develop enduring, integrity and autonomy in developing respect for their environments and communities. We aim to promote self-esteem and emotional development and to help our pupils to form and maintain satisfying relationships.
We feel that effective PSHE education should provide pupils with the following:
- Accurate and relevant knowledge.
- Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding.
- Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- The skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.