PSHE - Jigsaw

Jigsaw at St Helen’s

In 2016-17, St Helen’s were involved in a pilot group of 10 schools in South Gloucestershire introducing a new approach to teaching PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). Jigsaw is a highly regarded and widely used scheme of work right across the country.

About Jigsaw- Intent

Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for the whole primary school from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6 (ages 3-11). It was launched in July 2013 and hundreds of schools across the country are using it.

Jigsaw has two aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There
is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.



PSHE RSHE Policy Jigsaw

Jigsaw information for parents and carers

 Jigsaw is the mindful approach to PSHE. It brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

The programme of study is adapted to provide a relevant and age appropriate curriculum. Jigsaw is designed as a spiralling whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle piece) at the same time.

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Each Puzzle begins with an introductory whole school assembly and the specially composed original songs are introduced to reinforce the learning messages.

Autumn 1

Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills in Relationship Education

Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of looking at change


Each Puzzle has six Pieces (lessons) which are approximately 45 minutes each. Every lesson follows a set structure; Calm Me Time, Connection, Open mind, Tell Me or Show me, Let me learn, Help me reflect.

PSHE Jigsaw Curriculum at St Helen's Scheme of Work

Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health. Every Piece contributes to at least one of these aspects of children’s development.

Mindfulness is at the heart of the Jigsaw scheme and each session starts with a mindfulness activity promoting focus and concentration to ensure children are ready for learning.

The Jigsaw Charter encourages positive behaviours for learning and respect for others.

 Each year group has a specific Jigsaw piece who helps, during discussions, with the expectations of the Charter. As the piece is passed round the circle of children, it is a tool to enable everyone to have a voice.

Jenie:Ages 4-5, Jack:Ages 5-6, Jo:Ages 7-8, Jaz:Ages 8-9, Jez:Ages 9-10, Jem:Ages 10-11, Jello:Ages 11-12

During the year we supplement the scheme with cross curricular activities making sure that children learn about how to keep safe: Safety around Fireworks, Road Safety, Safety in the home, Sun Safety, On-line Safety, Water safety etc.