At Heronshaw, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. At Heronshaw, we have chosen to follow the Jigsaw Programme, which is a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. It matches the ambition and coverage of the national curriculum.  

Each lesson offers children opportunities to inspire the children’s spiritual, moral,  social and cultural development. They are also designed for children to have structured opportunities to practise,  enhance and grow in the five skills associated with emotional literacy (self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings)   

Over the year there are six ‘puzzle pieces’ which focus on different aspects; 

  • Being Me In My World 
  • Celebrating Difference 
  • Dreams And Goals 
  • Healthy Me 
  • Relationships 
  • Changing Me 

Everyone in school focuses on the puzzle pieces at the same point in the year. To bring the whole school together this starts with an assembly with the new focus starting each half term. The Jigsaw Charter is shared with the children at the beginning of the year and sets the boundaries for the lessons. 

Each lesson has a clear structure, which all classes follow; connect us, calm me, open my mind, tell me or show me, let me learn, help me reflect. Children in Foundation follow a simplified version of this. 

We have chosen this scheme because we believe it’s child-friendly approach, using cuddly jigsaw pieces and chimes is right for our children and the ethos and culture of our school. Although this is a comprehensive scheme in itself, we have chosen to make it bespoke to Heronshaw, thinking about the needs and demographic of our community and making explicit links to our school values. Heronshaw’s seven values of kindness, community, respect, success, honesty, friendship and challenge, are linked to specific parts of our PSHE curriculum and this is taught through, not only the lessons, but our assemblies too. This, along with the clear links to British Values (democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs) ensures that our children achieve and are prepared to be citizens of their local community and for the world around them.