What is Jigsaw?
At Gascoigne we follow the Jigsaw PSHE Scheme of Work. 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 in the world.
Jigsaw PSHE is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.
How does Jigsaw PSHE work?
Each year group has a Jigsaw character with its distinctive colour and a chime bar to encouragement calmness.
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills. 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.
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.
The 6 Puzzles:
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