At Lace Hill Academy we follow a primary programme called Jigsaw to support teaching and learning in PSHE.
What is Jigsaw?
Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Jigsaw is designed on a whole school approach with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time. Each theme starts with an introductory assembly and is supported by a song to reinforce the learning.
There are 6 themes (puzzles)
Autumn 1- Being Me in My World
Autumn 2- Celebrating Difference including Anti Bullying
Spring 1- Dreams and Goals
Spring 2- Healthy Me
Summer 1- Relationships
Summer 2- Changing Me including Sex Education.
Each puzzle has six lessons (pieces) which work towards an end product.
Each lesson (piece) has two learning intentions. One is based on specific PSHE (personal, social, health education) learning and one is based on SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning).
The programme of learning has been enhanced to ensure it is relevant to children living in today’s world; it helps them to understand and become equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying and internet safety.
Each lesson (piece) contribute to at least one aspect of children’s SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development.
How does it work in your child’s classroom?
The right learning environment for the teaching of PSHE is important. To enable this, we establish a set of ‘ground rules’, so that a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class is established.
The ground rules would include aspects of
- 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).
Most lessons include the use of circle time. This is a tried and tested teaching approach. It brings children together to feel equal and valued so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings. Each class has a Jigsaw friend (talking object) which is a useful distancing technique and helps children work with potentially sensitive issues without asking them directly.
Meet our Jigsaw friends…
Reception - Jenie (Light Blue)
Year 1 - Jack (Orange)
Year 2 - Jo (Pink)
Year 3 and Year 4 - Jino (Purple)
The lessons are structured in a way that allows the pupils to achieve the following…
- Improve their social skills to better enable collaborative learning.
- Prepare them for learning.
- Help the brain to focus on specific learning intention.
- Initiate new learning.
- Facilitate learning activities to reinforce the new learning.
- Support them in reflection on their learning and personal development.
How is your child’s development assessed?
Each puzzle has an assessment task that is built into pieces of 5 or 6. There are three attainment Descriptions for each year group; working towards, working at and working beyond. This assessment opportunity allows both the child and the teacher to assess their learning.
It is an exciting time here at Lace Hill Academy and we look forward to observing how Jigsaw works with our children and meaning the impact of it as they move through the school.
If you would like to find out more about jigsaw the please visit www.jigsawpshe.com.