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St Margaret's CEVA Primary School

Transforming lives by living and learning together in God's love

Subject Overview

Knowledge and Skills

The Jigsaw Scheme of Work is organised into Puzzle Pieces (Units); every year group will teach the same Puzzle Piece at the same time of the academic year. Each year group will follow the overview that is relevant to them. This ensures consistency of teaching and learning, progression across each year group and provides the children with opportunities to build on and consolidate aspects of their PSHE learning.

Entitlement and Enrichment

The Jigsaw Scheme of Work comprises of high quality resources, which support the Teachers with the teaching of this area of the Curriculum. At St Margaret's, enrichment is important; as part of the PSHE Curriculum, the children take part in a number of whole school events, including: Hello Yellow Day, regular Wellbeing Days and Walk to School Week.

We also have Wiggles and Chocolate, our school guinea pigs who visit the classrooms regularly and are available to support the PSHE curriculum and individual pupils. 

Waffle, our school therapy dog is currently  still in training but he regularly visits the school as part of our wellbeing offer in conjunction with the PSHE curriculum focus. 

Meeting the needs of all pupils

The majority of the Jigsaw PSHE lessons are discussion based; there is no pressure on the children to produce Extended Written Outcomes. Where the children are expected to complete tasks, they are encouraged to collaborate with a partner or as part of a small group.

The structure of a Jigsaw PSHE lesson, ensures that the learning opportunities are divided into smaller, more manageable sections.

As our PSHE curriculum covers some sensitive issues, there is an extensive support offer from our Wellbeing Team for pupils who find they need further support with mental health, wellbeing or other personal issues. Please see the Mental Health and Wellbeing page under Key Information.

Key Elements of PSHE Lessons

The Jigsaw Scheme of Work is organised into Units, which are referred to as Puzzle Pieces; these are as follows: Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. Each Jigsaw lessons follows the same structure; the lessons opens with the children recapping the Jigsaw Charter, which is the set of guidelines that is followed during every PSHE lesson. This if followed by Connect Us, which is a game to bring the children together. After this, the children will take part in a short meditation activity, this is called Calm Me. The teaching and learning part of the lesson  constitutes: Open my Mind, Tell Me or Show Me/Let Me Learn, the lesson concludes with Help Me Reflect, where the children should consider the learning objective for the lesson, what they have learnt and/or update their Self-Assessment Grid.


Assessment of the children’s learning within PSHE is not consistent at the moment; it, for the most part takes the form of AfL within the lesson. Moving forward, at the end of each Puzzle Piece, there is an opportunity for the children to complete a self-assessment task. Further to this, Teachers will assessment the children following the completion of each Puzzle Piece.

Review and Evaluate

At St Margaret's, there is a consistent approach to the teaching and learning of PSHE. Most of the children are able to utilise the strategies and techniques that they are taught within the structure of the Jigsaw Scheme of Work to help themselves when they become emotionally flooded or are finding aspects of their learning or interactions with other children challenging. Each child has a PSHE Learning Journal; this documents their PSHE journey from Year 1 to Year 6. Teachers select a selection of written outcomes following the teaching of a Puzzle Piece, or they use photographs to highlight what has been taught.

Further Development

Assessment in this area of the curriculum is not consistent across each year group. Both the children and the Teachers should be completing an assessment document following the completion of each Puzzle Piece.  Whilst the PSHE Learning Journals are being used by the Teachers and the children, including more work samples would be an improvement.