Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
At Woodsetts Primary, we follow the Jigsaw scheme to deliver PSHE. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. It is a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
With the Jigsaw approach, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations. 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 for our children!
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me (including Sex Education)
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills . The enhancements mean that Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying and internet safety.
Jigsaw was written with the genuine belief that if attention is paid to supporting children’s personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way, this will not only improve their capacity to learn (across the curriculum) but will ultimately improve their life chances. We felt that this approach aligned well to our whole school vision of "At Woodsetts, we CARE".
Lessons are structured in a very supportive, child-focused and innovative way. Each 'piece' or lesson is structured as follows:
- Connect us – This section is designed to maximise social skills, to engender positive relationships and enhance collaborative learning.
- Calm me - This section aims to still the children’s minds, relaxing them and quietening their emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. It is an invaluable life skill which also enhances reflection and spiritual development.
- Tell me or show me - This section is used to introduce new information, concepts and skills, using a range of teaching approaches and activities.
- Let me learn - Following Piaget’s learning model, after receiving new information/concepts, children need to manipulate, use, and play with that new information in order for it to make sense to them and for them to ‘accommodate’ it into their existing learning.
- Help me reflect -Throughout Jigsaw, children are encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress. By reflecting, children can process and evaluate what they have learnt, which enables them to consolidate and apply their learning.
Here you can view and download the curriculum overviews for each year group:
You can also find out more about the Jigsaw approach by viewing the following parent and carer leaflet:
At Woodsetts Primary, we believe in the importance of teaching and promoting the fundamental British Values with our children. We approach this in many different ways which include:
- Direct teaching through PSHE and RE
- Exploration of themes in lessons such as Novel Study
- Assemblies, Class Briefings and other whole school initiatives
- Displays and posters
- Involvement of children in School Council
- Theme days and weeks
You can find out more about our approach to the British Values by exploring our statement below:
Jigsaw contributes, as a good PSHE programme should, to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy. The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson). The following documents highlight how the British Values are directly taught through our PSHE scheme:
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
What is Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)?
Relationship and Sex Education is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching (Department for Education and Employment, SRE Guidance, 2000). The National Curriculum framework document states that 'All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’
The Department for Education has made it mandatory that RHE is taught in all schools from September 2021. We felt it was important to share with you our approach and the content that will be covered. Please view the presentation below:
Please note: RHE/PSHE was made mandatory from September 2021 and a legal requirement for schools to follow but parents can still withdraw children from certain elements. Should you wish to withdraw from the lessons on sexual reproduction (SRE), please send a note to your child's class teacher. To help with the organisation of this, we will teach this content in Week 5 of the Summer 2 term. Alternative lessons can then be facilitated for those children not taking part.