'I came so that they may have life, and have it to the full.’
At St Paul's, we believe that each and every child is made in the image and likeness of God and should be valued as a perfect and unique human being. As a result, we are passionate about promoting acceptance and respect for self and others. We want children to know and value themselves; developing a strong sense of identity, self-belief and self-esteem and to to able to relate to other people, so that they can take their place in this ever-changing world, as compassionate, contributing and thinking adults.
To support our curriculum delivery, we use a whole school scheme called Jigsaw and underpin this by developing individual Character Strengths.
Jigsaw combines Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), emotional literacy, mindfulness and spiritual development, while respecting the Catholic ethos and values of our school. It includes all the requirements of statutory Relationships and Health Education (DfE England 2019) and has been updated to meet the new DfE guidance for EYFS, September 2021.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons) which teachers skillfully adapt and deliver in an age and Key-Stage appropriate way, so that they meet children’s needs. As our school has mixed-age classes, the curriculum for the year groups is organised in a two-year cycle with each class working on the same Puzzle at the same time.