The children at Henbury Court love PSHE. PSHE stands for personal, social, health and economic education. Within this subject, there are three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. At Henbury Court, PSHE is taught through ‘Jigsaw’, a scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with an emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and spiritual development.
You may hear your child talk frequently talk about Jigsaw as it is taught each week by either the class teacher or our very skilled Teaching Assistants. We also have a Jigsaw piece that works in each class, for example, Jigsaw Jack in our Year One classes.
Jigsaw lessons are taught from Nursery all the way to Year Six and the structure of the lessons are all very similar. The lessons start with a warm up activity, which often is a game to get the children working together. Then the children will complete a calm me activity where they will have the opportunity to sit quietly and practice ‘Mindfulness’. Schools are very busy places and at Henbury Court we feel it is so important that the children have the opportunity to sit quietly and relax to calm them and open their minds ready for the lesson ahead. The children will then participate in a lesson based on something quite specific and will have the opportunity to complete a follow up activity linked to this learning.
Jigsaw’s lessons cover skills such as understanding my position in the class, school and global community. Anti-bullying includes homophobic and cyber-bullying and understanding friendship, family and other relationships. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. These lessons support children to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. All members of staff support children in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. The Jigsaw approach is integrated into the curriculum as well as the everyday life of the school in order to develop well-being and provide a firm foundation for academic attainment.
The six key themes covered over the academic year are; Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Going for Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) is also taught during the Changing Me unit.
The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils which will be in force from September 2020.
If you would like any more information on Jigsaw please speak to your child’s Class Teacher.
Below are some links that contain more detailed information about PSHE and Jigsaw: