At Whiston Willis Primary Academy we are committed to ensuring that the emotional and social needs of all our children are met within our school setting.
We deliver PSHE through an agreed whole school approach whereby all staff are demonstrating the skills and attitudes inherent in the Jigsaw programme.
We believe that the components of the curriculum we are providing develops the emotional learning of our children and gives the pupils the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and understanding they need in order to reach their potential as individuals, and within the community. This will enable our children to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, socially adjusted, active and responsible citizens.
We recognise that the ethos of the school is crucial to this learning and should be at the heart of whole school development.
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.