At Fordingbridge Federation School it is our intention that PSHE is taught through termly topics using the JIGSAW Mindful approach to PSHE. Jigsaw, is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning, which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.
PSHE is an integral part of our school where the wellbeing and personal development of all children is crucial to their ability to access all areas of the curriculum. The intention is that this will help to reinforce the school’s Core Values and Learning Behaviours as well the British Values we learn about.
Jigsaw consists of six Puzzles (half-term units of work) containing six Pieces (lessons). Each piece has two learning intentions. One is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and the other is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced).
Each Puzzle starts with a whole school assembly and an original song for that Puzzle.
Each year group studies a parallel piece of the same puzzle at the same time allowing for whole school themes.
Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation.
Alongside the use of the JIGSAW scheme the federation runs event days to highlight specific learning themes and charity days, For example: Safety Day, Anti-bullying, Mental Health Awareness and British Values. These are events that take place across the federation, with the children sharing their learning with each other during school council meetings.
The impact of delivering this scheme of work as a whole school will ensure that each child within the federation is able to access all areas of their learning by increasing their awareness of their own emotional needs and those of others.
As Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with modern issues.
All year groups can participate in an end of puzzle outcome, e.g. a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) which may be shared and celebrated by the entire school.
Jigsaw raises self-awareness, group awareness, collaboration skills, teamwork experience, respectfulness, etc., preparing children for the wider world and their position in it.