The Jigsaw Approach

At the start of each puzzle (the theme at the start of the half term), the whole school comes together for an introductory assembly which generates the whole school focus. 

The weekly celebration happens in each class throughout school (usually on a Monday morning). These celebrations draw out a key theme each week and the children are encouraged to translate the behaviours and attitudes being developed into all areas of school life. 

On Friday, everyone gathers together again and the theme for the following week is shared e.g. helping others to feel welcome. During the following week, adults and children are invited to nominate each other by adding names to the celebration sheets when they see each other using that behaviour. These names are then collected in and are recognised in either the Friday assembly or the class reward time.  

Puzzles & Themes Underpinned by SMSC

There are 6 'Puzzles' or themes which are taught in all year groups:

Being me in my world

Celebrating difference

Dreams and goals

Healthy me


Changing me

Each week, the assembly will focus on a different 'piece' of the puzzle in preparation for the week ahead. Every piece of each puzzle contributes to at least one element of SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural education) development. We use a range of stories and resources to enhance children's understanding in assemblies and we try to make them as interactive as possible. 

If you would like to read more about the Jigsaw PSHE Curriculum, you can find further information here: