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At Henry Maynard Primary School we follow the Jigsaw programme for PSHE. Jigsaw provides a structured programme of personal development to nurture the ‘whole child’ and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice. Every Jigsaw lesson from Early Years to upper primary offers opportunities for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning takes place across all curriculum areas as part of and within activities that encourage pupils to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning. Pupils reflect on the significance of what they are learning and learn to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle.

All curriculum areas will use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. Our curriculum areas provide opportunities to:

  • Listen and talk to each other.

  • Agree and disagree.

  • Take turns and share equipment.

  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively.

  • Learn an awareness of treating all as equals.


Class discussions, Circle Time, PSHE lessons and Collective Worship will provide pupils opportunities to:

  • Talk about personal experiences and feelings.

  • Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs.

  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc.

  • Share thoughts and feelings with other people.

  • Explore relationships with friends/family/others.

  • Consider others’ needs and behaviour.

  • Reflect

  • Show empathy.

  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.

  • Develop a sense of belonging, both within the school and within the wider community.

  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable pupils to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally — eg empathy, respect, open mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness


Activities across subjects and our curriculum that develop SMSC may include:

  • Working together in different groupings and situations.

  • Encouraging the children to behave appropriately in all activities including at playtime and lunch time. (Stay on Green Rules)

  • Taking responsibility e.g. class monitors, Special Day children, Green Team, School Council.

  • Encouraging teamwork in class activities, PE, clubs and out of school hours learning.

  • Showing appreciation of the performances of other children regardless of ability.

  • Hearing music from different composers, cultures and genres e.g.  Music choices for assemblies, Singing assemblies.

  • Meeting people from different cultures and countries.

  • Participation in a variety of different educational visits. (termly out of school visits for all year groups)

  • Links with the local community made through the encouragement of parental involvement in school life (International Evening, Instrumental Concert)

  • Participation in live performances, productions and concerts.

  • Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of our heritage and other cultures e.g. festival days, the patron saints and national celebrations.

  • Studying literature and art from different cultures supported by visits from writers and artists and participating in workshops.

  • Opportunities for the children to hear and see live performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians.

  • Opportunities to make and evaluate food from other countries.

  • Opportunities in music to learn songs from different cultures and play a range of instruments.

  • Studying the contributions to society that certain famous people have made. (Black History Month)


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