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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre

PSHCE and Jigsaw

Personal development and PSHCE

Personal Development and PSHCE is a vital part of the curriculum which aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, including circle time and contributing fully to the life of their school and community. In doing so they recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.

All children will have the opportunity to discuss and learn techniques to improve in eight areas of ‘success’. These areas include: to try new things; to work hard; to concentrate; to push themselves; to imagine; to improve; to understand others and to not give up.

‘The fundamental goal of the 21st century education is to develop real lifelong learners … people capable of facing life’s challenges and complexities, confidently and creatively… people who enjoy exploring, questioning and experimenting and creating.’ Guy Claxton (creator of Building Learning Power- Learning Animals).

At Westover Green we follow a scheme of work called JIGSAW. It is a mindful approach to PSHCE and a comprehensive scheme of learning which includes emotional literacy (the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Programme is incorporated within the JIGSAW scheme and is for teaching social, emotional and behavioural skills to all pupils), social skills and spiritual development.

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. 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.

The Six Puzzles

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July:

Autumn 1: Being Me in My World

Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)

Spring 1: Dreams and Goals

Spring 2: Healthy Me

Summer 1: Relationships

Summer 2: Changing Me including RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)

At Westover Green we follow the Jigsaw approach. Please use the links below to find out more.

The Jigsaw Approach

Content and Assessment Overview


Jigsaw - Puzzle 4 - Healthy Me!

Holly Class (Year 3) have been understanding how exercise affects our bodies and know why our heart and lungs are such important organs.

We made up our own fitness challenge!

We wanted to get even fitter so that our heart and lungs get stronger.

We thought about how we could be more active. We chose different activities that we enjoy.

We thought about how we could challenge ourselves; how we could improve our fitness and how we might feel when we are fitter.