At Woodford Primary we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. This 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 alike. 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.
The different puzzle pieces over the year are:
For further information please have a look at the Jigsaw leaflets below
**From September 2020 we will be following a specially created 'Recovery' package from Jigsaw.**
This will include:
- Welcome back and establishing the safe environment (including new Covid19 safety rules and routines)
- Understanding the coronavirus and how to stay safe and well
- Reconnecting with friends
- Belonging and feeling safe at school
- Managing worries and fears
- Being positive and looking forward to learning
- Gratitude and appreciation
- Loss and bereavement
Re-establishing old routines and establishing necessary new ones e.g. frequent hand-washing, helps us feel secure and in control. Learning itself provides security for many. Concentration and focus, being ‘in flow’ and absorbed in new learning can be therapeutic and exciting in equal measure.
Jigsaw lessons all follow the same structure giving this sense of predictability. The structure takes account of the learning process:
– Connect us (an inclusive whole-class game building social skills)
– Calm me (mindfulness practice using the Jigsaw chime and breathing techniques)
– Open my mind (to the essence of the learning about to happen)
– Tell me/show me (introduction to new information or skill)
– Let me learn (learning activities to make the learning my own)
– Help me reflect (on my learning progress and my emotional learning this lesson) and record this in my Jigsaw journal
Jigsaw lessons also enable self-regulation and pupil voice, asking for help and knowing how to express emotions are givens throughout Jigsaw. The pupil tracking process flags up those in need of emotional or pastoral support.
Why plough on with the prescribed curriculum if there are unmet needs hampering the learning experience?
The Jigsaw recovery lessons give safe and structured opportunities for children to talk about their lockdown experiences and to deal with the emotions they may have experienced and need to express and understand. The shivery worries and popcorn activities enable this in a non-threatening way, giving space and the calm inner environment for learning to happen within.
The lockdown experience and its impact on children needs processing, and a re-focus on the positive and the things we are grateful for supports a return to the school community and learning. So much good and so many good people shone through the lockdown and focusing on this provides a positive angle on the pandemic.
All of the above, however, needs underpinning by quality relationships between the adults and children, children and children, and adults and adults across the school community. We may need to consciously make more effort than normal with this, re-establishing relationships after absence.
This goes without saying, but with varying levels of isolation during lockdown, this may need conscious work. There are lessons and activities throughout Jigsaw to help with this, in fact a whole six-session unit, ‘Relationships’ in every year group, as well as additional lessons in the recovery package.
Each lesson encourages a circle time, and whilst this is done slightly differently while social distancing, it is an essential part of building confidence and trust in self and others. The Jigsaw friends, integral to Jigsaw, usually offer a comforting hug during these activities but at the moment have their own seats and participate with virtual hugs.