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At Sandridge School, we have carefully selected a scheme that we feel reflects the ethos we hold as an organisation. The series of lessons incorporates our school values: Respect, Equality, Perseverance and Self-belief (REPS) and encourage our children to develop their sense of place in the world. Jigsaw utilises the nurturing and caring environment Sandridge provides children to deliver a comprehensive PSHE curriculum, that covers the National Curriculum and encourages them to be well-rounded people.

The Jigsaw curriculum is supplemented in Years 1-6 by The Christopher Winter Project’s series of lessons to deliver the required Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) objectives in a manner appropriate to our setting. Outside of lessons, Sandridge School also draws heavily on the Zones of Regulation to further support children’s personal development and well-being.

By the time your child leaves Sandridge School they will be equipped to deal with the ever-changing world and feel confident in themselves.

Jigsaw in Early Years

The Jigsaw Approach has mindfulness underpinning it. This means that as well as teaching information and skills to empower children to learn now, and improve their life-chances later, we also aim to help them develop personal awareness. This enables them to observe their own thoughts and feelings, regulate them and make conscious decisions about their learning, behaviour and lives. It helps them to remain focused on the present moment and thrive in it.

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied, mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Jigsaw in Years 1-6

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 and visualisations – all tried, tested and very enjoyable activities for children and teachers alike.

Observing your thoughts and feelings, on purpose, in the present moment with no judgement… What a gift!

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw 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, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Jigsaw is eager to support schools in seeing how the Jigsaw materials contribute to government agendas.

Please see our website for articles and mapping documents supportive of the British Values and Prevent agendas and the Ofsted inspection framework as well as many more useful documents. www.jigsawpshe.com

Establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike, is vital. To enable this, it is important that ‘ground rules’ are agreed and owned at the beginning of the year and are reinforced in every Piece – by using The Jigsaw Charter. (Teachers and children will devise their own Jigsaw Charter at the beginning of the year so that they have ownership of it.) It needs to include the aspects below:

The Jigsaw Charter

  • We take turns to speak
  • We use kind and positive words
  • We listen to each other
  • We have the right to pass
  • We only use names when giving compliments or when being positive
  • We respect each other’s privacy (confidentiality)

PSHE Curriculum Overview

Y1-Y6 Christopher Winter RSE progression

Vocabulary progression