Page - Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE)
At Rushy Meadow we use the Jigsaw scheme of work for PSHE
What is Jigsaw PSHE?
Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Early Years through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people the world.
Although citizenship is not statutory until secondary school we develop foundations by discussing aspects of this important area across the school curriculum.
What is a mindful approach?
How would children benefit if they could be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, on purpose with no judgement? This is what mindfulness means. It can be learnt, and techniques to develop it taught. It also needs to be practised.
We believe mindfulness is a vital tool for life, not only does it support the regulation of emotion and build emotional resilience but also enhances focus and concentration; both helping to optimise learning.
Mindful children can more readily choose their responses to situations rather than react while caught up in the thought-flows and emotions.
In Jigsaw PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises, visualizations etc, all tried, tested and very enjoyable activities for children and teachers alike.
Observing thoughts and feelings, on purpose, in the present moment with no judgement.
Jigsaw PSHE is a whole school approach
Jigsaw PSHE is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly (with an original song), generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. The Weekly Celebration highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
The 6 Puzzles:
Each Puzzle starts with a whole school assembly and an original song for that Puzzle.
|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 skills|
|Summer 2:||Changing Me||Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change|