The Grove Junior School
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June 14 2017


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Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

The Jigsaw Approach

As of September 2016 we at The Grove Junior School have adopted The Jigsaw approach to teaching PSHE.

The Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.

Every Piece (lesson) contributes to at least one of the required aspects of children’s SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural) development balanced across each year group.

The Structure of the Pieces (lessons) in Jigsaw

The  Jigsaw scheme is motivated by the genuine belief that if attention is paid to supporting children’s 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. That’s why Jigsaw is completely child-focussed. This is reflected in the innovative way that Pieces (lessons) are structured. We imagine that children are asking the teacher to:

  • 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)

RSHE – Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Year 3 Changing Me

Year 4 Changing Me

Year 5 Changing Me

Year 6 Changing Me