The Pinner Wood School PSHE curriculum is designed to develop our pupil’s confidence and responsibility, to help them live a healthy and safe lifestyle, and prepare them to play an active role as citizens at school and after they leave.
Pinner Wood uses the highly approved Jigsaw program for all aspects of PSHE.
Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.
Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills.
Puzzles are launched in a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.
Autumn 1 – Being Me In My World
This theme focuses on understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
Autumn 2 – Celebrating Difference
This theme involves anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
Spring 1 – Dreams and Goals
In this theme we look at goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
Spring 2 – Healthy Me
This theme includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
Summer 1 – Relationships
This theme is all about understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
Summer 2 – Changing Me
This theme includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education)
Relationships and Health Education
In February 2019 the government set out draft guidelines for Relationships, RSE and Health education to become statutory in September 2020. Jigsaw fulfils all of these statutory requirements.
Evidence it works
The Sheffield Hallam Centre for Education and Inclusion Research conducted an independent impact study with 101 schools, 195 teachers and 812 children and found that 80% of teachers surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that Jigsaw has impacted positively on their school’s ethos and culture.
Pupils’ scores in the emotional literacy measure were also above expectations (compared to a standardised sample). Teachers interviewed were able to give a number of examples of how they felt emotional literacy has developed in their pupils, for example pupils dealing better with anger, stress and being more open to discussing issues affecting their lives.
Here is a link to the Jigsaw website for further information