PSHE and Drugs and SRE education
At Fairfields, the Jigsaw PSHE programme of study brings together citizenship with personal well-being through a values-based education. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.
The scheme aims to aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. Being a diverse school with 28 different languages spoken, it brings together all our pupils through its mindfulness approach. Jigsaw teaches children to become aware of their thoughts and feelings throughout the programme, relating this to the PSHE subject matter being studied.
To read our PSHE policy, please click here.
Establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike, is vital. To enable this, it is important that ‘ground rules’ are agreed and owned at the beginning of the year and are reinforced in every Piece – by using The Jigsaw Charter. (Ideally, teachers and children will devise their own Jigsaw Charter at the beginning of the year so that they have ownership of it.) It needs to include the aspects below:
The Jigsaw Charter
- We take turns to speak
- We use kind and positive words
- We listen to each other
- We have the right to pass
- We only use names when giving compliments or when being positive
- We respect each other’s privacy (confidentiality)
Using Jigsaw in Fairfields, helps their 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. Jigsaw is completely child-focussed. This is reflected in the innovative way that Pieces (lessons) are structured. Each lesson has 6 sections:
- Improve their social skills to better enable collaborative learning (Connect us)
- Prepare them for learning (Calm me)
- Help the brain to focus on specific learning intentions (Open my mind)
- Initiate new learning (Tell me or show me)
- Facilitate learning activities to reinforce the new learning (Let me learn)
- Support them in reflecting on their learning and personal development (Help me reflect)
Each year group, including foundation stage, will be working together focusing on a theme. The 6 themes connect us, as a school.
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, relationship and drugs education)
For further information about the scheme, please read the parent guides below.