At Altmore Infant School we follow a PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Years 1 and 2 through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.
An overview of the 6 topics covered with Jigsaw
Being Me in My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of a school community, a wider community, and a global community; it also looks at children’s rights and responsibilities, working and socialising with others, and pupil voice.
Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’, and most year groups explore the concept of ‘normal’; bullying – what it is and what it isn’t, including cyber and homophobic bullying – is an important aspect of this Puzzle.
Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success, what personal strengths are, and how to overcome challenges, via team work skills and tasks. There is also a focus on enterprise and fundraising. Children learn about experiencing and managing feelings of pride, ambition, disappointment, success; and they get to share their aspirations, the dreams and goals of others in different cultures/countries, and their dreams for the world.
Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional health (relaxation, being safe, friendships, mental health skills, body image, relationships with food, managing stress) and Physical health (eating a balanced diet, physical activity, rest and relaxation, keeping clean, drugs and alcohol, being safe, first aid) in order for children to learn that health is a very broad topic.
Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe; this links to cyber safety and social networking, as well as attraction and assertiveness; children learn how to deal with conflict, their own strengths and self-esteem. They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Changing me is an important part of the Jigsaw PSHE programme and is delivered through the ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing Me’ puzzle pieces which are covered in the summer term.
Recent pieces of work which the children have produced in PSHE throughout the school are:
In EYFS children are experiencing PSHE across the whole curriculum. This can be during role-play in the classroom such as home corners, dressing up as people who help us. They also do circle times where children are joining in with the questions or singing. PSHE is also regularly covered in story times where children participate in talking and listening to the stories.
In Year 1 we have been working collaboratively talking about friendships and what constitutes a good or bad friendship and how we can be a good friend to others. The children also daily do a chart where they speak about their wellbeing and have a chance to change it throughout the day. Children in Year 1 in term 1 are talking about themselves and who is in their families. This is then built on across the whole federation. They also have a topic on Superheroes who also include everyday ones such as doctors.
In Year 2 children start in term 1 by speaking about being me, this is a build on about the fact that they are part of their families and the larger community, including the school community. The children in term 1 decided which child would be the school councillor by having a vote. They have also learnt and sorted which is the least important to most important in friendship using pictures to help.
During Anti-Bullying Week we talk about acceptable behaviour and how we treat others. We will be deciding ways that we could make our school a better place by treating everybody kindly and with respect.
At Altmore, we support a range of different charities and participate in many different fundraising events to donate money to charities, such as Jeans for Genes, Children in Need, World health day etc.
Books linked to PSHE
But Why Can’t I?
Elmer and the Big Bird
Along Came a Different
Super Duper You