The JIGSAW scheme has been used since September 2019 to teach PSHE at Shepherd Primary School.
Throughout the school, a new Jigsaw ‘puzzle’ (topic) is taught each term. These six topics are:
Being Me in My World
Dreams and Goals
Changing Me (including Sex and Relationships Education)
As well as the topics taught above, pupils are taught how to feel calm and how to be more mindful about things – this quiet ‘calm me’ time is incorporated into every Jigsaw lesson taught. Each PSHE Jigsaw lesson is split into three parts:
The Jigsaw Charter helps children to feel safe and respected
Connect Us is when children play some games
Calm Me time helps children to learn how to relax and manage their feelings
The Jigsaw scheme clearly maps out the progression through each year to ensure children have a deep understanding of each topic by the time they leave Year 6. Teachers adapt their plans to meet the needs of the specific cohort of pupils they are teaching or to address any current issues they may be facing. Each class adds to and maintains a JIGSAW portfolio of work throughout the year.
Teachers implement the scheme well and high levels of engagement are reported in all lessons.
Each year in November, the whole school takes part in the national ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ campaign. The week usually starts with ‘Odd Socks Day’ where everyone is invited to wear odd socks to school. During the course of the week, adults in school make sure that pupils are taught the following:
The definition of bullying
How to be kind to others
How to report bullying
How to talk about their experiences and feelings
When and how to ask for help
That there are people who care and can help if they are struggling with a bullying-related issue
Children are taught at a level appropriate to their age and with a focus on the positive things they can do. As a final outcome, each class in the school is invited to make their ‘Anti-Bullying Week Pledge’ – a positive promise they create together as a class which they will stick to at all times.
Feeling Good Week
This takes place every school year in February and is a time for all members of our school community to participate in activities and discussions linked to ‘feeling good’. We usually invite outside agencies into school to deliver teaching sessions, such as yoga or drama workshops, with a focus on ‘feeling good’. We focus on mindfulness techniques and methods we can use to help us to manage our feelings and mental health in a positive way.