Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
What is PSHE Education?
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future.
As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Schools also have statutory responsibilities to promote well-being and pupil safeguarding (Children Act, 2004) and community cohesion (Education Act, 2006). PSHE Education plays an important part in fulfilling of these responsibilities.
What do we teach in our PSHE Education?
The National Curriculum states that every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
From September 2020, primary schools in England have also been required also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.
“High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. They can also enable schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school and in society.” Department for Education (DfE)
The Jigsaw approach embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded children as well as building their capacity to learn. Jigsaw’ brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy. We also wanted to provide a central ‘spine’ for the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of the children’s school experience to further develop our good practice already in place.
The Jigsaw Approach is underpinned by mindfulness (being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement) empowering children to manage their own emotions and behaviour, improving relationships and increasing concentration and learning. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through both taught lessons and the ‘Calm Me’ time exercises, helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated.
The enhancements mean that Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, bullying, and internet safety.
This is of real importance as we are aware that children are growing up in an increasingly complex world now more than ever and we want to equip our children with strategies for dealing better with anger, stress and being more open to discussing issues affecting their lives.
Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work called puzzles and these six puzzles are designed sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes
The lessons are based around a theme which changes half termly and all year groups work on the same theme at the same time at their own level. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.
Each puzzle has six pieces (lessons) which work towards an ‘end product’, for example, ‘The School Learning Charter’ or ‘The Garden of Dreams and Goals’.
In Year R, each piece has one learning intention. In KS1 every piece has two learning intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) designed to address children’s needs today and the other one is based on developing emotional literacy and social skills and the development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health. Our children have one session a week and the resources give comprehensive coverage of PSHE including statutory relationships and health information. It also covers safeguarding, British values and Internet Safety.
Using an innovative whole school approach, it includes assemblies, music and special ’Jigsaw piece’ toy characters for each year group.