PSE lessons are delivered by form tutors to form groups once a week on a rolling timetable. Students follow a comprehensive PSE scheme of learning from Jigsaw, as well as separate topical lessons. PSE lessons and wellbeing activities are also delivered by a range of external experts. Students use individual PSE folders and Jigsaw Journals to complete activities and record their learning.
Programme of Study – Jigsaw
Jigsaw, the mindful approach to health and well-being, brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, emotional literacy, social skills, and mental health and resilience development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. The Jigsaw Programme is designed as a whole-school approach, with year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. Jigsaw offers a holistic PSHE learning journey spanning the student’s school career, with a progressive, spiral curriculum that addresses real needs in a rapidly-changing world.
The Jigsaw 11-16 programme comprises:
- A comprehensive and completely original scheme of work for 11- to 16-year-olds
- PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), resilience, mental health, emotional literacy, social and employability skills, British values, and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social, cultural development) • Inclusive philosophy including Relationships and Sex Education
- The Jigsaw Approach, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice
Puzzles (units) The Jigsaw 11-16 Programme includes six units of study (Puzzles), each with six lessons (Pieces), designed to be taught sequentially throughout the school year, one per term, as follows:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me
The content is student-driven and is in line with the most recent national guidance from the DfE. Jigsaw 11-16 remains a universal, core programme that will be added to and updated regularly to accommodate changing needs and contexts. The main aim of PSHE is to empower young people to understand themselves and their minds in order to combat stress, pressure and influences that may cause them harm, and know how to lead healthy, happy, fulfilling lives. The Jigsaw Approach is underpinned by mindfulness. Mindfulness practice enables them to observe their own thoughts and feelings, regulate them and make conscious decisions about their learning, behaviour and lives. It helps them to remain focused on the present moment and thrive in it, allaying and managing stress and anxiety.
The latest guidance recommends that schools need to teach social and emotional skills. These skills are too important to only be learnt by osmosis, which is why Jigsaw 11-16 develops them in a structured and developmental way throughout every age group.
Other PSE lessons delivered by Form Tutors
- Project Vote
- Wellbeing – Promoting Gratitude
- Youth Homelessness Prevention Awareness
- Five Ways to Wellbeing
- Aspiration and Attendance
- Alcohol Awareness
- Drugs Awareness
- Staying Positive – Resilience
- Social Media and Wellbeing
- Supporting Someone with Anxiety
This list is not exhaustive. These separate lessons are often delivered to coincide with important awareness days, current events or in response to surveys etc.
A range of external professionals are drawn upon to deliver lessons throughout the school year, including;
- Crucial Crews
- Show Racism the Red Card
- North Wales Police
- Careers Wales
- Big Ideas Wales
- In 2 Change
- Choose Life Project
- Youth Justice
Please keep up to date with the parent e bulletin which announces the weekly PSE topics, extra activities and visiting external professionals.
If you have any further questions relating to PSE at Ysgol Rhosnesni, please contact Miss S Evans, PSE Co-ordinator.