In our school we recently introduced an amazing new scheme called JIGSAW. 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 theme to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. The whole scheme is designed with six themes (Puzzles) for six half terms.
The six themes (Puzzles) are:
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’, for example, The School Learning Charter or The Garden of Dreams and Goals.
Each lesson has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning (covering the non-statutory national framework for PSHE Education but enhanced to address children’s needs today); and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills (covering the SEAL learning intentions but also enhanced). 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.
Every lesson contributes to at least one of these (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) aspects of children’s development. This is mapped on each lesson and balanced across each year group. This is easy to see on the Scheme Map (overview) at the beginning of each scheme.
All themes include the use of The Jigsaw Circle. The Jigsaw Circle is a tried and tested teaching approach, popularised most successfully in recent years by Jenny Mosley. It brings children and adults together to feel equal and valued so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings.