PSHE at St Mary’s Hare Park School is a comprehensive curriculum that gives our children the relevant context to build skills, attitudes, self-esteem, resilience and confidence. It is more than just a curriculum programme and offers whole school opportunities to reinforce the curriculum work and enhance the positive ethos of the whole school community. We follow the Jigsaw scheme as it is a mindful approach which fulfils all the requirements for the statutory Relationships and Health Education curriculum, as announced by the Department for Education in England in 2019.
Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.A lesson a week is taught with each year group working on the same theme (or puzzle piece) at the same time. Children are taught mindfulness techniques and how to regulate and manage their thoughts and feelings.
The Six Puzzles (Themes)
There are six puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year:
Autumn 1: Being Me In My World
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Changing Me (includes Sex Education taught through Ten:Ten)
Summer 2: Relationships
The creation of Jigsaw is motivated by the belief that if attention is paid to supporting children’s personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way, this will not only improve their capacity to learn across the curriculum, but will ultimately improve their life chances. The lessons are structured to:
- Improve their social skills to better enable collaborative learning
- Relax their bodies and calm their minds to prepare them for learning
- Help their brain to focus on specific learning intentions
- Initiate new learning
- Facilitate learning activities to reinforce the new learning
- Support them in reflecting on their learning and personal development
Children across the school celebrate each unit together and progression is made each year. They have an opportunity to talk, take ownership of their learning, produce work for display and feel a sense of achievement when awarded the Jigsaw certificates. The whole school is involved in celebrating our core values and attitudes and as a school we have a sense of community and belonging whilst raising children’s self-esteem and sense of identity.