PSHE Curriculum Intent at Whitstone
At Whitstone CP School, PSHE is at the heart of everything we do, motivating our students to become self-sufficient, self-assured, healthy, and responsible members of the community.
Through our whole-school Jigsaw PSHE programme our curriculum provides the opportunity for our children to with current, meaningful information that is backed up by a strong focus on emotional literacy, developing resilience and promoting both positive mental and physical health. This in turn allows our children to to their actions and feelings in a way that is most beneficial to them and their wellbeing.
The Jigsaw PSHE programme allows us to and directs our aim on developing the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum approach. Together to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of; Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships, Changing Me.
The Six Puzzles (Themes/Units of work)
There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw (quickly identified by their colour scheme) designed to progress in sequence from the beginning of each academic year:
Term 1: Being Me in My World
(Who am I and how do I fit in?)
Term 2: Celebrating Difference
(Respect for similarity and difference. Anti-bullying and being unique)
Term 3: Dreams and Goals
(Aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this)
Term 4: Healthy Me
(Being and keeping safe and healthy)
Term 5: Relationships
(Building positive, healthy relationships)
Term 6: Changing Me
(Coping positively with change, including Sex Education)
Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE/HWB learning (purple) and the other based on emotional literacy and social skills development (green).
The whole school works on the same Puzzle at the same time, meaning that each Puzzle can be launched with a whole-school assembly and learning can be celebrated by the whole school in a meaningful way.
The Jigsaw Friends are integral to Jigsaw learning. They act as distancing tools to keep learning about sensitive issues safe e.g. Jigsaw Jino has a problem in the playground and the children help Jino find a solution.
The Friends also act as talking objects in the Jigsaw Circle, when someone is holding the class' Jigsaw Friend it is their turn to talk and be listed to. Each class has their own friend for each cycle, see our class Jigsaw Friends below...