At Bishop Wilson we have adopted the PSHE scheme of work from Jigsaw.
At Bishop Wilson School, we see positive mental health and wellbeing as fundamental to our school values and culture; we want our children to embrace change, feel positive about themselves and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through our nurturing environment we aim to provide our children with the tools to understand and manage how they are developing personally and socially, whilst enabling them to successfully tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We feel it is important that children are able to recognise, understand and express their feelings so that they can develop a sense of self-worth and confidence and at the same time empathise with others.
We want children to leave our school embracing and enacting the Fruits of the Spirit; Patience, Goodness, Love, Joy, Self-Control, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Peace. We also want them to begin to form their own set of personal and social values, which will support them when becoming an active and effective member of the local community.
At Bishop Wilson School, PSHE is an essential part of our curriculum and it has a high profile across the school. We have chosen to implement the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme as it reflects our values and provides a clear progression of knowledge and skills from Nursery up to Year 6. The scheme was recommended by the Local Authority. When researched, it was a scheme highly recommended for achieving positive changes in social and emotional skills and reducing risks affecting children’s mental health. It incorporates a variety of engaging activities including, mindfulness, reflection, music, role-play, discussion and art. We do not rely on the scheme solely and endeavour to address matters with individuals or groups as they arise. PSHE is reinforced constantly throughout the school day at Bishop Wilson School.
Through their discreet Jigsaw lessons, children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
At Bishop Wilson School, children are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially; these reflections are recorded in their class Jigsaw Journals. Through our Jigsaw lessons and other curriculum areas, children learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. In addition, our PSHE curriculum (Jigsaw) incorporates an age-appropriate understanding of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), as set in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.
In the Foundation Stage, children have weekly discreet Jigsaw lessons. In addition to this PSHE and citizenship are embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through Jigsaw, a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
Jigsaw is a spiral, progressive scheme of work which prepares children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It includes mindfulness to allow children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration, and focus.
The curriculum for PSHE is delivered throughout the whole school starting with a shared assembly each half term to introduce new topics. This is led by our PSHE lead Miss Downs. Each Jigsaw puzzle piece is delivered by the class teacher weekly and is revisited every year to enable progression.
PSHE is taught through Jigsaw’s six half termly themes with each year group studying the same unit at the same time:
- Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
- Autumn 2: Differences (including anti-bullying)
- Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
- Spring 2: Healthy Me
- Summer 1: Relationships
- Summer 2: Changing Me (including Sex Education)
These themes are also embedded through all other lessons and the whole school day with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.
The aims of PSHE and Jigsaw within Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School are to provide children with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to create personal understanding
- opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- a range of skills and strategies to live a healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced life
The Jigsaw programme identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of our school. PSHE, including SMSC and British Values, is an integral part of our whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within other areas of our curriculum.
We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values of ‘The fruits of the spirit’ and reward children for this in our weekly celebration assemblies.
There are often occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class and we encourage this where possible.
Our PSHE programme deals with the diverse beliefs, values, and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. It helps pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. Children at Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School acquire an understanding and experiences of British values that are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences, value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.
Relationships and Sex Education
At Bishop Wilson School, we teach our children about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should understand the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.
In addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education through the Jigsaw Programme. These lessons are tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of our pupils. As a school we aim to ensure that our children are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born.