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Primary School


Being a Philosopher

Lead Philosopher:

Mrs Toogood 


How do we teach PHSE and why has this approach been chosen?

At Stanbridge Primary School we allocate 1 hour to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way. 

At Stanbridge, we follow the JIGSAW scheme of work. This is a whole school approach that combines all the fundamental skills of PSHE with mindfulness, emotional literacy and social skills.

Each year, the children revisit and build upon their learning from previous years. Every year group will be focusing on the same JIGSAW piece at the same time in this order:


  • Term 1 Being Me in my World 
  • Term 2 Celebrating Differences 
  • Term 3 Dreams and Goals 
  • Term 4 Healthy Me 
  • Term 5 Relationships 
  • Term 6 Changing Me 



Why is it right for children at Stanbridge?

The Jigsaw programme, the mindful approach to PSHE, brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. A lesson a week with the teaching resources included, helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.




Puzzle (Unit)


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:


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



What do our pupils think about jigsaw?

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Ella shares what she likes about her Jigsaw sessions.