At Bayards Hill Primary School we follow a primary programme called Jigsaw to support teaching and learning in PSHE.
WHAT IS JIGSAW?
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Jigsaw is designed on a whole school approach with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. Each theme starts with an introductory assembly and is supported by a song to reinforce the learning.
There are 6 themes (puzzles):
- Autumn 1- Being Me in My World
- Autumn 2- Celebrating Difference including Anti Bullying
- Spring 1- Dreams and Goals
- Spring 2- Healthy Me
- Summer 1- Relationships
- Summer 2- Changing Me including Sex Education.
Each puzzle has six lessons (pieces) which work towards an end product. Each lesson (piece) has two learning intentions. One is based on specific PSHE (personal, social, health education) learning and one is based on SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning). The programme of learning has been enhanced to ensure it is relevant to children living in today’s world; it helps them to understand and become equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying and internet safety. Each lesson (piece) contributes to at least one aspect of children’s SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development.
HOW DOES IT WORK IN YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM?
The right learning environment for the teaching of PSHE is important. To enable this, we establish a set of ‘ground rules’, so that a safe, open and positive learning environment, based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, is established.
The ground rules would include aspects of:
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).
Most lessons include the use of circle time. This is a tried and tested teaching approach. It brings children together to feel equal and valued so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings. Each class has a Jigsaw friend (talking object) which is a useful distancing technique and helps children work with potentially sensitive issues without asking them directly.