At BSL we use the Jigsaw scheme of work for our schools personal, social and health education. This is the mindful approach to PSHE and it provides a thorough curriculum package for 3-16 year olds. The rationale and philosophy underpinning Jigsaw resources is based on mindfulness philosophy and practice, sound psychology and is evidence-based. The Jigsaw program looks at how the brain works and how learning happens. The Jigsaw lessons are structured to maximise these processes. Children and young people are at the heart of all Jigsaw Programmes. The aim is to improve learning capacity, resilience and emotional well-being and mental health and thereby enhance their life-chances.
Jigsaw, brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. At BSL the children take part in one Jigsaw lesson a week. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. We operate with a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:
- Piece 1: Being Me in My World
- Piece 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Piece 3: Dreams and Goals
- Piece 4: Healthy Me
- Piece 5: Relationships
- Piece 6: Changing Me
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (purple) and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development (green).
The impact of PSHE is measured by the development of the whole child, through questioning, discussion and observations of relationships between friends, groups and within the school community and of course from the child’s own observations of how they feel.
The impact of our PSHE teaching is seen in the ability that children have to flourish within the school environment in terms of their perseverance, friendships, compassion and ability to be reflective and think deeply in regard to a wide range of circumstances and opportunities.
Our PSHE curriculum will ensure that all children embrace their place in society; they will enter the next step of their education as confident, inquisitive and resilient learners with a compassion and respect for others and their opinions.
Through the development of progressive Health Education, all children will be able to make the right choices to keep themselves and others around them physically, emotionally and mentally safe and secure; they will have the confidence and resilience to seek or offer help when needed.
The development of progressive, secure and all-encompassing Relationship Education will provide all children with the emotional resilience needed to build healthy relationships throughout their lives and to take their place in society as tolerant, respectful and responsible citizens.