Maritime Academy Trust

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               The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.

Joseph Pilates

At Brooklands, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work to teach PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education); a comprehensive programme which includes RSE (Relationships and Sex Education).


  • To teach high quality, engaging PSHE 
  • To develop mindfulness in children through Jigsaw’s ‘calm me’ and ‘pause point’ elements, to help children regulate their emotions and open their minds to learning 
  • To develop emotional literacy and spirituality in children
  • To develop social skills and foster positive relationships between teachers and pupils that promote effective collaboration through the ‘connect us’ aspect of Jigsaw lessons
  • To develop citizenship in young people, equipping them with life skills that will prepare them for their role in their personal, and our collective future.

The structure of the Jigsaw scheme of work:

There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from the start of each academic year: 

Term 1: Being Me in My World 

Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying) 

Term 3: Dreams and Goals 

Term 4: Healthy Me 

Term 5: Relationships 

Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Education) 

Each class works on the same puzzle (theme) at the same time to encourage whole school discussion and collaboration on the theme. Each puzzle is launched by the head teacher via a special launch assembly.

Jigsaw sessions often include circle time, discussion and reflection time. Circle time is a tried and teaching approach. It brings children and adults together to feel equal, included and valued so that they can share ideas, thoughts and feelings. Sitting in a circle either all on chairs or all on the floor means adults and children are sharing the experience and learning together. Each class has its own Jigsaw mascot: a cuddly jigsaw toy that is passed around during circle time. 

Each lesson starts by returning to the Jigsaw charter. This is a set of guidelines followed by all children and adults during the Jigsaw session. See below.