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Jigsaw 

At Bishops Lydeard Church school we use the PSHE Scheme ‘Jigsaw’.

We teach Jigsaw from EYFS through to Y6. Please see below for more information.

PSHE/Jigsaw curriculum at Bishops Lydeard Church School:

Jigsaw promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Aim of the Jigsaw PSHE programme

To provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Objectives/Pupil learning intentions:

Jigsaw/PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
·         Have a sense of purpose
·         Value self and others
·         Form relationships
·         Make and act on informed decisions
·         Communicate effectively
·         Work with others
·         Respond to challenge
·         Be an active partner in their own learning
·         Be active citizens within the local community
·         Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
·         Become healthy and fulfilled individuals

Jigsaw Content 

Autumn 1:
Being Me in My World – Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2:
Celebrating Difference – Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1:
Dreams and Goals – Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2:
Healthy Me – Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1:
Relationships – Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skill

Summer 2:
Changing Me – Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change.

How is Jigsaw PSHE organised in school?

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation.

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons).

The Learning Environment

Establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike, is vital. To enable this, it is important that ‘ground rules’ are agreed and owned at the beginning of the year and are reinforced in every Piece – by using The Jigsaw Charter.

It includes the aspects below:

The Jigsaw Charter
·         We take turns to speak
·         We use kind and positive words
·         We listen to each other
·         We have the right to pass
·         We only use names when giving compliments or when being positive
·         We respect each other’s privacy (confidentiality)

Teaching Sensitive and Controversial Issues

For example:
Sensitive and controversial issues are certain to arise in learning from real-life experience. Teachers will be prepared to handle personal issues arising from the work, to deal sensitively with, and to follow up appropriately, disclosures made in a group or individual setting.  Issues that we address that are likely to be sensitive and controversial because they have a political, social or personal impact or deal with values and beliefs include: family lifestyles and values, physical and medical issues, financial issues, bullying and bereavement.

Teachers will take all reasonable, practical steps to ensure that, where political or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views. Teachers will adopt strategies that seek to avoid bias on their part and will teach pupils how to recognise bias and evaluate evidence. Teachers will seek to establish a classroom climate in which all pupils are free from any fear of expressing reasonable points of view that contradict those held either by their class teachers or their peers. Any safeguarding concerns that arise will be reported to the Designated safeguarding Lead (or the Deputy in their absence).

Answering Difficult Questions and Sensitive Issues

Staff members are aware that views around topics taught in Jigsaw will be varied. Topics are presented using a variety of views and beliefs so that pupils are able to form their own, informed opinions but also respect that others have the right to a different opinion.

Please see our PSHE/RSE policy for further information and the statutory requirements for health and relationships education in primary schools.