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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

At Great Missenden we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.


There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, sequentially ordered from September to July:

* Being me in my world

* Celebrating difference (including anti-bullying)

* Dreams and goals

* Healthy me

* Relationships

* Changing me (including Sex Education)


Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. Our teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Therefore, establishing a safe, open and positive learning environment based on trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike.


At Great Missenden School we believe that children are growing up in an increasingly complex world which presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also many challenges and risks. Therefore, it is our aim to deliver a PSHE curriculum which not only tackles a range of themes and issues, but also equips them with essential knowledge and skills needed for lifelong learning. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver lessons which are accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We aim for children at Great Missenden school to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially. Children will have the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Children at Great Missenden are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


The aims of PSHE are best achieved in an environment in which pupils feel safe and where their opinions are valued. In this subject, above all, the child must be central to the process. They must be allowed to be honest, to make mistakes without being reprimanded and to learn from their mistakes. By following the Jigsaw program we can ensure a spiralling/progressive scheme which is enjoyable and valuable for all children.
This will include a 
range of teaching and learning styles, including:

  • Circle time
  • Group work
  • Drama and Role play
  • Discussion/ Debate
  • Agenda setting
  • Problem solving
  • Imaginative writing
  • Traditional imparting of knowledge
  • Constructive use of video
  • Research
  • Educational games/activities
  • DVDs and other ICT approaches

We also consider it important to be able to respond quickly when areas of PSHE arise in the classroom or playground and there is an immediate need to tackle an issue. If a class has a series of lessons on dealing with bullying, for example, or loss or grieving, then teachers will be provided with support and materials to deliver this.


What will this look like? By the time our children leave Great Missenden School we believe our PSHE curriculum will have allowed them to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect. The children will have a willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. They will understand what is meant by ‘resilience’ and attain the ability to bounce back from life’s everyday challenges using their Growth Mindset. They will have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. They will also have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society and have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.



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