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Dovecot Primary School

Learning together, growing together


As a school we aim to promote pupils’ personal, social, spiritual, moral, cultural and health education, and to allow them to develop their emotional literacy, mental health and well-being. Our intent is to equip them with the life skills needed to support them as they move and progress through our school and beyond, and give pupils an understanding of their individual rights and responsibilities and those required to be an upstanding member of society.



We follow the Jigsaw PSHE syllabus. We explore being themselves, building relationships and changes in their own lives, community and wider society; as well as providing opportunities for children to discuss, debate and disagree in a respectful way. We aim to ensure that the PSHE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages, allowing our pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future.  The Jigsaw curriculum is a spiral curriculum and builds on pupils prior learning and knowledge as they progress.


Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:
• To build their capacity for learning
• To equip them for life


What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?
Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.

Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11 (12 in Scotland). Written by teachers and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education is also included in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit).

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is also a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school encouraging children to live that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.