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Abbotswood Primary School

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Personal Social Health Education




Here at Abbotswood, we teach PSHE through the Jigsaw scheme of work. This comprehensive programme gives children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and develop positive relationships with themselves and others.


With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw helps us to deliver an engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole school approach.  Not only this, Jigsaw also includes mindfulness, allowing children to progress their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.


How we teach PSHE.


There are six Puzzles each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time, allowing for whole school themes. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that the children’s needs are met.


The Puzzles.


There are 6 Puzzle pieces which are taught throughout the year.


Being Me In My World covers a wide range of topics, including a sense of belonging, welcoming others and being part of the school and the wider community.


Celebrating Difference focuses on similarities and differences and teaches about diversity, such as disability, racism, power, friendships, and conflict; children learn to accept everyone’s right to ‘difference’.


Dreams and Goals aims to help children think about their hopes and dreams, their goals for success. Children learn about experiencing and managing different feelings.


Healthy Me covers two main areas of health: Emotional and Physical health.


Relationships has a wide focus, looking at diverse topics such as families, friendships, pets and animals, and love and loss. A vital part of this Puzzle is about safeguarding and keeping children safe.  They have the chance to explore roles and responsibilities in families, and look at stereotypes.


Changing Me deals with change of many types, from growing from young to old, becoming a teenager, assertiveness, self-respect and safeguarding. Self and body image, puberty, attraction and accepting change are diverse subjects for children to explore. Each year group thinks about looking ahead, moving year groups or the transition to secondary school. Life cycles and how babies are made and grow are treated sensitively and are designed to meet children’s needs. All year groups learn about how people and bodies change. This Puzzle links with the Science curriculum when teaching children about life cycles, babies and puberty. 



Here at Abbotswood, your child’s progress is monitored termly, five times a year.  This is linked to the objectives and the Puzzle pieces taught during the term.



If you would like any further information or have any questions regarding this provision, please contact Mrs. Risdale.


Useful information.

Being Me in My World.


The children got to meet their new Jigsaw friend this week!  Year 1 and 2 got to meet Jigsaw Jo!

Our theme this term is Being Me in My World. During Term 1, the children will be looking at their role not only at school, but also within the wider community. 


Today the children had the opportunity to talk about their responsibilities at school and at home. They had great discussions talking about what they do and how they help. The children had lots of important roles; feeding their pets, getting their water bottles ready for school and cleaning their rooms.  In school, the children talked about the fact that their behaviour in class is their responsibility, along with the classroom, their belongings and their learning.

Celebrating Differences.


Today we all talked about how we can include everyone and not leave anyone out. We began by making groups by finding others with the same number. Some of us did not have the same number but we discussed letting them join anyway. We then made freeze frames of different scenarios and discussed what we would do as bystanders. After that we made a chain together and wrote what we would do to stop someone being left out.

Dreams and Goals


Our theme this term is Dreams and Goals. We will be looking at both long-term and short-term goals, and how we can achieve them.


This week in PSHE, we looked at our goals and discussed how we might be able to accomplish these. We began by thinking about what our goals might be and what steps we need to take to achieve it. We wrote on post-it notes what our goals were, where to start and what steps we can take to reach them. As a class, we made a ladder, which demonstrated our path to success!

Our Dreams and Goals Garden.


This term in PSHE, we have been discussing our dreams and goals. We talked about our long term and short term goals. We even thought about how we could achieve them. We created our garden by writing our dreams and goals onto a bird and then displaying them in our outdoor area. 

A visit from the Dogs Trust.


The children in Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from the Dogs Trust.  Helen introduced Daisy to the children and they were able to act out different scenarios focused on how to stay safe around dogs.  Helen ensured all the children understood that it is not always appropriate to approach a dog, even if it looks friendly.  Children and adults must ask the owner first and wait for an answer.  Not only did Helen tell the children about how to keep safe when out and about with dogs, but she also discussed how to keep safe in the home. Children really enjoyed learning how to be DOG SMART!