At Withernsea Primary School we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.
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. We hold weekly celebration assemblies where we encourage the children to reflect their PSHE learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, allowing for whole school themes. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age and stage appropriate way so that they meet the children’s needs.
Jigsaw contributes to the British Values agenda both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.
The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson).
Our school council meet regularly and pupil voice is important to us here at Withernsea Primary School. The children are given the opportunity to complete bullying questionnaires which gives them a safe way of expressing their own issues and concerns. To support the welfare of the children, each year group has an Emotional Wellbeing worker. The Emotional Wellbeing worker is able to support the children’s social and emotional wellbeing and can offer tailored support. We have an established ‘Buddy’ system to promote conflict resolution during break and lunch times and to encourage new friendships to me made.
Our school uses restorative practice techniques to encourage the children to solve problems peacefully and with greater independence.