‘An uninformed child is a vulnerable child’

Subject Leader : Mrs L Blewett

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education

Our Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education, including statutory Relationships and Health education, and non-statutory sex education, as recommended by the DfE, provides a framework through which key skills, attributes and knowledge can be developed and applied. This promotes positive behaviour, good mental health and wellbeing, resilience and achievement, helping children to stay safe online, develop healthy and safe relationships, making sense of media messages, challenging extreme views and having the skills and attributes to negotiate and assert themselves now and in the future.

The school’s PSHE provision supports our aims of developing confident citizens and successful learners who are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems. The social and emotional development of pupils is embedded throughout the entire school’s curriculum and culture. The school has a powerful combination of a planned thematic PSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to:

  • Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;
  • Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
  • Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
  • Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
  • Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others;
  • Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment;
  • Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
  • Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved.

We know there is a proven link between pupils’ health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education are critical to ensuring children are effective learners.

Our policy, long term planning, medium term planning and parent information letters provide more details about the provision for PSHE and RSE for pupils at Fairburn View Primary School. Should you wish to share any concerns, ideas or suggestions, or find out any further information, we have an open-door policy and will be more than happy to discuss these with you.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. We believe that an uninformed child is a vulnerable child and we therefore endeavour to teach our students in a way which would equip them for any situation that may arise for them. We aim to build resilience in our pupils with our ‘we can and we will’ whole-school ethos for all our pupils, irrespective of their gender, ethnic background, socio-economic background, or ability. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.

What we are learning (Intent)

We have identified key intentions that drive our PSHE curriculum. At Fairburn View Primary School our PSHE curriculum intentions are:

Intention 1:

To build a PSHE curriculum, which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which
enables children to access the wider curriculum and to prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

To design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities.

Intention 2:

To build a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. As a result, children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.

To design, and resource, an RSE program of work within the PSHE curriculum which enables pupils to
explore the complexity of the relationships they will have both now and throughout their lives.



How we are learning (Implementation)

Intention 1:

Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum

The PSHE curriculum has 6 core learning themes: Me and My Relationships, Valuing Difference, Rights and Responsibilities, Keeping Myself Safe, Being My Best and Growing and Changing.
The SOW covers the DfE statutory requirements for both Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) and includes lessons
that cover subjects which are not DfE requirements but which are included to ensure a complete PSHE program  including British Values, Cultural Capital, and SMSC.

Knowledge Organisers

Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand PSHE and to use across the

Wider Curriculum
All subjects make a link to PSHE, BV, SMSC and the language is used consistently by all staff. We are passionate about our children having enrichment opportunities where possible: this could be a residential trip, dancers from other cultures, art workshops from other cultures etc.

Weekly whole school assemblies always make a link to PSHE, British Values and SMSC. The themes for the Autumn term are:

  • New beginnings
  • The importance of trying your best
  • The importance of keeping safe
  • The importance of trying new things
  • Introduce the governors
  • Looking after yourself – mental health
  • The importance of being a good friend
  • The importance of positivity

Intention 2:

Clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work within PSHE in line with the new recommendations of teaching RSE in National Curriculum (Feb 2019)
The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group so that children know more, remember more and understand more.

RSE program of work is explicitly resourced.
Children will become more aware of RSE and know the purpose of it.

Parent Consultation
Parents are informed of the content of the RSE program of work during parent consultations, before any aspect of RSE is delivered and further support or clarification will be given if required.


What we have learned from it (Impact)

Intention 1:

Children will know more and remember more about PSHE. Children will recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty. Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be at least in-line with national and behaviour will be good.

The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum in addition to the core subjects

Intention 2

Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.

Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.

Children will have respect for themselves and others.

Children will have positive body images.


PSHE Across School


In EYFS PSHE is taught through PSED in the EYFS framework and by discrete teaching of SCARF. A range of activities are used to teach the content of the curriculum such as whole class discussions, social stories, role-playing, adult modelling of rules and expectations. There is a lot of emphasis around the children knowing what emotions are and how they can deal with these emotions. Also, building positive relationships with their peers and staff is an integral part of them being able to play co-operatively, therefore a range of child-led and adult directed activities are planned for in order to support this. The continuous provision is accessed daily alongside adult led activities to allow the children the time to develop the social skills of sharing, negotiating, turn taking and resolving conflicts appropriately. As we are an inclusive school, the similarities, differences, SEND, race, religion, ethnicity and culture amongst our school community and the wider community that we are a part of are celebrated and talked about through our curriculum for PSHE.



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