Jigsaw is a whole-school approach with many layers above and beyond the lesson plans themselves. The aim is to support children to feel a strong sense of belonging and community by taking part in whole-school assemblies, end of Puzzle outcomes, displays etc and to bring the learning alive through Weekly Celebrations to make it lived across the school community and in children’s lives outside of school.
Jigsaw is also a carefully thought-through progressive programme with a full set of attainment descriptors and an assessment process embedded throughout. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society
Spring 2: Healthy Me Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise
Summer 1: Relationships Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss
Summer 2: Changing Me Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change.
Its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural concepts are explored across our broad and balanced curriculum. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. In addition, special events, key campaigns and themed days/weeks provide opportunities for children to explore topical issues.
Jigsaw is sequential, the six puzzles (units) starting with 'Being Me in My World' (BM) at the beginning of the school year and working through to the end of the year:
BM (Being Me in My World)
'Who am I and how do I fit?'
CD (Celebrating Difference)
Respect for similarity and difference. Anti-bullying and being unique
DG (Dreams and Goals)
Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this
HM (Healthy Me)
Being and keeping safe and healthy
Building positive, healthy relationships
CM (Changing Me)
Coping positively with change
Each puzzle has six lesson plans accompanied by all of the teaching and learning materials needed to deliver them.