Pupils receive individualised curriculum, comprehensive outreach programmes and on-site therapy sessions together with a broad range of key life skills learning opportunities and off-site activities – all delivered and overseen by a highly qualified teaching staff and supported by Jigsaw Trust’s Shared Services team.
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All pupils at Jigsaw are initially assessed across the following repertoires:
This is based on a verbal behaviour model and focuses on listening skills such as following vocal directions and speaking skills such as asking for items, labelling and responding to questions. Pupils can work through the same targets with sign or pictures to aid their communication skills.
This category includes all academic skills linked to an Early Years and Key Stage 1 curriculum eg. maths, reading and writing, sorting items into categories and learning about opposites.
Community of Reinforcers
This involves expanding each pupil’s interests and preferences, eg. playing with toys independently and choosing to look at books during free time.
This category focuses on skills that a pupil needs to be independent in school, such as toileting, eating and dressing independently and following the classroom rules. It also focuses on social skills such as playing alongside others, turn-taking and sharing.
This includes the fine motor skills that are important for school, such as holding and using scissors, and also gross motor skills, such as throwing a ball and jumping.
An individualized curriculum is then formulated to best respond to each child’s needs and goals.
SMSC and British Values
(SMSC stands for ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural’ development)
Jigsaw is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the United Kingdom.
We aim to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our school ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote fundamental British values.
We recognise that these values are not unique to Britain alone and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as a method of creating an orderly society, in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute to for the good of themselves and others. We work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs within it. We take pupils outside the school to take part in local events and meet different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make.
We take opportunities to:
We understand the role our school has in helping prevent radicalisation and extremism and supporting our pupils to become life-long learners.
Many of our school routines are built upon the concept of democracy. Pupils are regularly consulted both formally and informally about how their school might be improved. They see the example that is set with staff working cooperatively & collaboratively with each other to make the school the best it can be.
Pupils learn about democratic processes through involvement in the School Council, mock elections, lessons on British parliamentary system, choosing class and school reinforcers and activities, voting for their nominated charity of the year. Pupils work collaboratively to draw up school and class rules.
The school’s behaviour policy is shared and understood and this provides a basis on which other laws and rules and their application is discussed.
Behaviour management strategies reinforce appropriate behaviours and promote understanding of right and wrong.
Pupils are involved in drawing up school and class rules. Data protection, online safety code of conduct are discussed with pupils and promoted cross curricular. Regular visits from police, fire services and other members of public institutions are incorporated into curriculum.
Teaching promotes understanding & recognition of individual’s rights and responsibilities with learning about boundaries. Independent thinking and learning are encouraged and there are frequent opportunities to grow in maturity and independence. We value creativity and diversity.
Pupils are encouraged to participate in setting up their schedules and timetables for the day. They can select reinforcers, rewards as well as resources to be used during instruction. The curriculum incorporates objectives to promote independence and pupils are encouraged to be involved in managing their own learning and behaviours. History and other themed weeks provide opportunities to learn about individuals who had a particular impact on the history of Britain and the world at large.
We have a clear anti-bullying policy which emphasises the importance of creating an environment in which individuals can feels safe and valued. We recognise the importance of not only respecting one another but also of self-respect. Every individual is respected in our school and our actions towards one another reflect this. We welcome difference and diversity and aim to create understanding of how this adds to the richness of our community.
Our PSHE curriculum includes topics on relationships and what a good relationship consists of. Our RE curriculum which follows the Agreed Syllabus for Surrey teaches about a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We take opportunities to find out about different cultures during our Cultures & Languages week and Topic curriculum. School assemblies include themes on various faiths, religious festivals & cultures. We celebrate European Languages and Mother Tongue day.
To view some of the activities supporting the SMSC and British Values curriculum, please click the tabs below.
“Orange Friday” – 8th July 2016 – fundraising event to support the school’s nominated charity for the year, ‘Challengers’.
Challengers is a registered children’s charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people. Many of the pupils at Jigsaw access the facilities during or outside school hours. As part of our fundraising event, pupils and staff participated in various activities including making and decorating masks, cooking and selling healthy foods, playing blind bowling and walking a mile on the treadmill to raise money for Challengers. Representatives of the charity visited Jigsaw and ran assemblies. We raised £270 for the charity!
“History Week” – May 2016 – learning about British literary greats.
As part of the Jigsaw’s summer term History Week, pupils learned about British literary greats including Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, William Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, pupils created a collaborative textile collage of the most loved character, Peter Rabbit. The artwork is proudly displayed in the school’s reception area – please com and take a look when you are next visiting.
In November, pupils participated in engineering week by completing various activities including: a marshmallow and spaghetti tower building challenge, paper aeroplane challenge and sound engineering project recreating the sound of a steam engine using sound editing software. Some pupils also learned about careers and career routes in engineering and about the work of famous engineers such as Frank Whittle and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
“Children in Need 2016”
Pupils and staff participated in various sessions such as decorating cakes, making a lava lamp, playing a football match, completing an obstacle course, selling cakes and healthy snacks, and a fun talent show to raise money for Children in Need.
“Poppy Appeal 2016”
Jigsaw supported the annual Poppy Appeal by selling poppies to staff, pupil and families.
“North West Surrey Synagogue visit”
KS4 pupils visited the North West Surrey Synagogue in Weybridge, Surrey as a part of their ASDAN curriculum; visiting different places of worship module to find out about other religions. The pupils learnt about the Old Testament being written in Hebrew and about artefacts used during services. They also learnt a song in Hebrew and saw antique Torah scrolls.
“Music for Autism Concerts”
‘Boogie Monsters’ (duo of musicians) visited the school in September and ran short music workshops. Pupils were encouraged to dance, sing or clap along to the music.
“World Book Day – 2 March 2017”
Pupils and staff participated in various activities such as weird write-all, where pupils in one class started writing/drawing a story and then they passed it on to the next class to create a (rather strange) combined story. Pupils & staff were invited to dress up as their favourite literary characters and some pupils went to Waterstones to exchange their book tokens. On the day we also had a ‘Search for Wally’ competition around the school and pupils enjoyed reading to each other and share their favourite stories and books.
“History Week – 27-31 March 2017”
During History Week pupils focused on the Romans. Farnham Museum visited during the week to host a Roman workshop – pupils learned all about the Romans and even got to touch Ancient Roman artefacts from over 2000 years ago! During the week pupils also got to taste different Roman food such as apricots, dates, bread and honey. Pupils also created a giant Roman mosaic using pieces of paper and their own displays within classrooms. Some pupils enjoyed listening to the story of Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome.
“Careers Week – March 2017”
During National Careers Week our pupils had the opportunity to think about life beyond school and what routes they wish to take. Pupils were shown different videos, worksheets, games & internet sites all related to careers. 8 of our pupils also attended the ‘National Apprenticeships Show’ at Sandown Park in order to look further into apprenticeships and find out about all the different things on offer. Two employees from Eagle Radio also visited to talk to the pupils about a career in radio. Three students from Surrey University came to discuss what university was like, their course and how they decided what they wanted to do.
“Safer Internet Week – February 2017”
During the Safer Internet Week pupils participated in various activities to raise awareness of the issue. The topic was introduced during assemblies – pupils were divided into three groups depending on their level of verbal behaviour. The objective of the sessions was to learn how to use two ICT devices safely to play online games. Majority of the pupils used the Interactive Whiteboard and the class iPads to meet the criteria of this task. Another target was to learn about digital footprint for which pupils created their own visuals of their digital footprints and added them to their classroom E-safety displays. Pupils also updated their class E-safety rules and displays.
Further information regarding Jigsaw’s Curriculum across all key stages will be available on this page soon.