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PHSE statement of Intent

As a school we use Jigsaw.


What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?


Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn. Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11 (12 in Scotland). Written by teacher and psychotherapist, Jan Lever MBE (services to education) and teachers, and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).

Jigsaw has two main aims for all children

: • To build their capacity for learning

• To equip them for life Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.


It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week.


All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.


Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is also a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school encouraging children to live that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.






PHSE meeting for parents/carers

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This meeting was held in November to introduce our new PHSE scheme of work for children from Reception to Year 6.

What is taught and when with our PHSE curriculum

Commando Joe's


As we work incredibly closely with our military families, we decided to bring in a programme to support all our children in developing resilience.


Please feel free to find out more from their website.


We have attached a summary below.


No Child Left Behind

‘No Child Left Behind’ is our founding ethos. The primary aim of our programmes is to improve the educational outcomes for children and young people.

CJ’s support thousands of schools nationwide with our established, evidence-based, government-supported programmes. We help to enable young people to develop life skills, character traits, attributes and behaviours which have a positive impact on their educational attainment, engagement, employability and well-being.

We can provide early intervention for those young people disengaged with their education, alongside pupils who excel academically, specialising in behaviour management, growth-mindset development and life skills education.

Our programme is designed to support all staff and pupils in any educational setting, alongside support for parents at home. We have the flexibility for schools to choose to deliver and develop a whole school approach based on what is appropriate for their school, demographic, resources and staff.


At its best, CJ’s can bring parents, guardians and caregivers into a closer, more collaborative relationship with their children’s schools:

  • Better behaved children, and more resources to help them manage their children’s behaviour better
  • More engagement with school
  • Pupils more likely to have discussions about learning with their family
  • Parents seeing children in a different light



Family effects

The benefits of CJ’s educational programmes extend beyond the school gates, helping children and their families communicate and enjoy a shared experience:

  • Better behaved children, and more resources to help them manage their children’s behaviour better
  • Parents seeing children in a different light


  • Commando Joe Please visit the page to find out more about CoJo and the benefits of it being used in schools.

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