Our PSHE curriculum will be taught using Jigsaw the mindful approach to PSHE which is an accredited scheme of learning.
Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. It promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of children as well as promoting British values. The Jigsaw Programme has children's well-being at its heart.
A lesson a week helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building a relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
Each lesson has a 'calm me' time in which children learn mindfulness techniques and ways to manage their emotions through mindfulness. If a child can be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they arise and have been taught and practised how to use interventions e.g. breathing (Calm Me) techniques, they can choose to regulate/ manage their thoughts and feelings by using these interventions. They can effectively press the ‘pause’ button and consider whether to allow that chain of thoughts to continue or to change its direction, thus potentially choosing the response, action/ behaviour that will be motivated by it.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:
- Term 1: Being Me in My World Term
- Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Term 3: Dreams and Goals
- Term 4: Healthy Me
- Term 5: Relationships
- Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Health and Relationships Education)