Intent and implementation
Here at Chestnut Street School we follow the Jigsaw 3-11 programme for PSHE. This is a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education. The programme is a progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving our children at Chestnut Street relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.
It has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, and allows the children to engage and have relevant PSHE lessons within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus, which we feel is important for all of our children at Chestnut Street. We are also able to weave through our school values and allows all children and staff within the setting to have a deeper understanding of the units covered.
We start each new term with an assembly that links to the new unit of learning. This allows for a whole school approach and a fluid and consistent understanding of each unit as the children move through Chestnut Street. Each lesson starts with a key focus and each class has its own chime bar, allowing time for quiet reflection before a lesson begins. As a school we value the thoughts and ideas from the children and are keen to promote an environment where children can feel safe, listened too and be able to share their thoughts and ideas. This also supports listening to the thoughts and opinions of others. It also allows the children to be respectful of others and value each other’s opinion.