At Austin Farm Academy, we believe that prioritising the development of the personal, emotional, health and wellbeing of all our children is crucial. Through our core values of being proud, respectful and resilient we nurture our children so that they can grow into strong safe and informed individuals ready for the next stage of their journey. We give children the time to reflect on who they are and learn how to relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
We follow a scheme called Jigsaw. This is a whole-school mindful approach with many layers above and beyond the lesson plans themselves. Through our PSHE approach children feel a strong sense of belonging and community by taking part in whole-school assemblies, end of Puzzle outcomes and class displays. Each puzzle piece starts with a whole school assembly. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lessons across the school and encourages children to reflect upon their learning to help them identify their behaviour and attitudes.
Jigsaw is a carefully planned progressive programme with school themes. It fulfils all the requirements for the statutory Relationships and Health Education curriculum (RSE). Through our PSHE and RSE curriculum our children will develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
Through Jigsaw and our wider PSHE curriculum children:
Jigsaw is a whole-school approach that provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning. It contains well-structured, progressive lesson plans and all teaching resources. Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase including statutory Relationships and Health Education.
At the beginning of each academic year classes agree on a charter that is their established rules for Jigsaw lessons to ensure children feel secure in the knowledge that they can share their feelings openly.
Term Puzzle (Unit) Content
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding.
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society
Spring 2: Healthy Me Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise
Summer 1: Relationships Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss.
Summer 2: Changing Me Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change
Each lesson is divided into parts:
Connect us- team building games
Calm me- a time to practise mindfulness enhancing reflection and spiritual development
Open my mind- developing optimal concentration helping children to filter out unnecessary distractions and focus on key learning.
Tell me or show me- introduces key information and new learning.
Let me learn- children manipulate and apply learning to tasks to consolidate understanding.
Help me reflect- children have time to articulate their understanding. Children can process and evaluate their learning. Children also have the chance to write their own personal next steps.
Class teachers adapt Jigsaw planning to suit the needs of their current class. Where extra consolidation of vital knowledge such as internet safety teachers will plan additional sessions to ensure children have a full understanding of how to stay safe. This may happen at any point it is required throughout the year as well as Safer Internet day.
Children will show achievement through independently applying the knowledge learned; this will be evidenced through:
End of unit assessments reflect children’s knowledge, emotional literacy and personal attributes.
Lesson observations and discussions with pupils.
Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance and mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
Children will demonstrate our core school values of being proud resilient and respectful.
Annual pupil wellbeing questionnaire
Relationships & Sex Education
The Jigsaw PSHE programme delivers the 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me' puzzle pieces to all year groups in the summer term.
There are four main aims of teaching RSHE:
• To enable children to understand and respect their bodies
• To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and development
• To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image
• To empower them to be safe and safeguarded.
Each year group will be taught content that is appropriate for their age and developmental stage. At no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question from a child arises and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer, (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), this information with be shared with you by your child’s class teacher. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme
Below is a summary of RSE coverage within the Jigsaw scheme for each year group:
• Foundation Stage - Growing up: how we have changed since we were babies
• Year 1 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; naming body parts
• Year 2 - Boys’ and girls’ bodies; body parts and respecting privacy (which parts of the body are private and why this is)
• Year 3 - How babies grow and how boys’ and girls’ bodies change as they grow older
• Year 4 - Internal and external reproductive body parts, body changes in girls and menstruation
• Year 5 - Puberty for boys and girls, and conception
• Year 6 - Puberty for boys and girls and understanding conception to birth of a baby
To find out more about Jigsaw please click on the links below to access a Parent/Carer information guide and other key information.