In Year 6 the children get the opportunity to become a Family Time Leader and to deliver fun but also educational activities to all the children in KS1 and KS2. The families are named after famous inspirational people. We have Mandela Family, Nightingale Family, Pasteur Family, Armstrong Family, Beethoven Family and Teresa Family. The year 6 Leaders learn all sorts of skills that will help them with their transition to secondary school such as teamwork skills and leadership skills. They also grow in self confidence with the experience hugely improving their self esteem. All the younger children in the family group have role models they can look up to and they themselves develop new skills e.g.making new supportive friendships with other children of different ages.
At Tanworth in Arden Primary School and Nursery we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy , mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development and ensures PSHE is embedded throughout the school in a spiral, progressive and fully planned format. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups (except Nursery) working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. Each Puzzle is introduced during a Family Time session generating a whole school focus for children and adults.
Each lesson is built upon a charter which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
There are six Puzzles (half term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end Puzzle product, for example, a display or sharing of dreams and goals during Family Time. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children's needs.
The Jigsaw approach is underpinned by mindfulness. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings and through both taught lessons and Calm Me time exercises (using the Jigsaw chime bar), helping to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions are regulated, behaviour managed and calmness generated. Our children are also encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress.