PSHE is taught through a mindful approach at South End Junior School. We use the Jigsaw scheme to bring together personal, social, health education, emotional literacy, social skills, and spiritual development through our curriculum. We also make links with our school values and drive for growth mindset throughout the PSHE curriculum. This comprehensive approach enables our children to leave junior school with skills to be successful, responsible and understanding members of society and ready for tomorrow’s world.
Through Jigsaw, teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles. The cycle consists of six Jigsaw puzzle pieces, and each year group studies the same puzzle piece at the same time. Additional curriculum enrichment days and events are organised throughout the year, linking to the focus of the puzzle.
Mindfulness is a key focus within the Jigsaw approach, and it is described as:
· being aware of thoughts and feelings as they arise
· being able to focus your mind on what you choose to focus it on both outside of you and within you
The six puzzle pieces that we progress through are:
1. Being Me in My World
2. Celebrating Difference
3. Dreams and Goals
4. Healthy Me
6. Changing Me
Through our PSHE lessons, we meet the statutory requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (DfE, England 2019) as well as aiding the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Class teachers lead PSHE lessons as a discrete subject on a weekly basis, and there are many additional whole-school enrichment activities and assemblies throughout the year. The units of study are introduced with a ‘BIG question’ that directly links with the Jigsaw unit. These ‘BIG questions’ are progressive as the children revisit each puzzle throughout the school, allowing them to build on their prior learning. The question is interwoven through the term, and the children create an individual response to the question at the end of the unit, applying all of their new learning as well as previous knowledge and understanding. Lessons are planned which allow children to be mindful, reflective and expressive in a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class.
We use a varied range of teaching and learning strategies in order to explore the ‘BIG question’ for each unit of work. The nature of PSHE leads to the majority of lessons being discussion based, however there are a range of activities offered including drama, role-play, audio-visual stimuli and art. We aim to work closely with our local community to enhance the PSHE curriculum, in particular when looking at aspirations, dreams and goals.