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Jigsaw - SMSC



Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. 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.

OFSTED feedback

Pupils say that there is some bullying, including racist and homophobic name-calling, from a few pupils. Some parents have expressed concern about this. Leaders have taken this matter very seriously and have taken prompt and effective action to ensure it does not happen. Consequently, the number of incidents has reduced rapidly. Leaders have adapted the curriculum to ensure that pupils’ understanding of, and respect for, rights, equalities and the rule of law, including protected characteristics, are strengthened.   The teaching of SMSC will ensure that these incidents continue to reduce and give children the skills to unpick bullying, the different types and what leads people to bully.



The school uses the scheme 'Jigsaw' for SMSC and PSHE.

Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw PSHE / Health and Well-being provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16.  

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Impact  2019-2020 

Strengths of the subject:

Areas for Development:

  • The school provides children with lots of opportunities to develop effective SMSC development. Examples include:
  • The use of ‘deep dives’ in subjects which enable pupils to explore aspects of the curriculum in depth
  • Pupil involvement in particular projects such as recycling, this enables pupils to understand real life issues
  • Pupil participation in extra-curricular activities enables children to work with other children who they may not usually engage with therefore developing team work and cooperation skills
  • Engagement with celebratory events in and outside the school community therefore developing pupil value and self esteem
  • Use of hooks at the start of each unit of learning develops the ‘awe and wonder’
  • Lots of opportunities for pupils to volunteer and engage in roles such as playground pals, school council, monitors, all of which lead to pupils becoming independent
  • Opportunities for pupils to experience the wider cultural heritage through the use of visits to art galleries, museums and engagement with sporting events
  • The school’s approach to PSHE and its profile throughout school through discrete learning as well as learning within other subjects places the importance of this aspect of the curriculum in daily school life
  • To ensure the effective teaching of PSHE and SMSC through the successful implementation of jigsaw and the wider curriculum 
  • Make explicit how the school promotes and raises pupil awareness of SMSC through a whole school display
  • Look at ways of raising awareness of particular issues such as gender identity
  • Consider making links with a school in Doncaster with a different cultural mix to Bentley High Street Primary
  • Consider reflection space in the outdoor area for pupils
  • Make explicit through the use of photograph the school rules
  • Consider pupils creating a school prayer linked to the school aims and values
  • Consider making links with local charities
  • Consider further opportunities for pupils to debate in ethical and topical issues
  • Consider raising cultural awareness through developing ‘language of the month’


Key Priorities for the year:

To continue to develop a reduction in incidents of bullying and to ensure a cohesive approach in the safeguarding curriuclum 

Jigsaw to be implemented consistently across school including celebration assemblies.  

Jigsaw to be taught effectively and consistently  

Parents to have a better understanding of the Jigsaw programme including the coverage of bullying and SRE  


For further information regarding our Jigsaw curriculum, please contact our SMSC lead Miss Kidd. 


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