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PSHE Curriculum Statement

PSHE Statement of Intent

St Mary’s RC Primary School believes that a strong PSHE education is important to help our pupils develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. Our PSHE curriculum is linked with our Christian values, our sex and relationship education (SRE) and pastoral care programme. The vision for students, staff and others linked to our school is to always look to achieve our personal best in every aspect of school life.

  • Our school is one where everyone is encouraged and supported to achieve their personal best.
  • Our school is welcoming, inclusive, has a real community feel and is a place where everyone is valued.
  • Our pupils and staff treat each other equitably, fairly, with kindness and with mutual respect. At all times, staff and pupils are encouraged to show a high regard for the needs and feelings of others through their actions and words.
  • Our pupils and staff are enterprising and approach challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude. We promote a growth mindset: this is supported through our ‘HeartSmart’ PSHE scheme of work which is delivered weekly from nursery – year 6.
  • The needs and interests of all pupils, irrespective of gender, culture, ability or aptitude, will be promoted through the HeartSmart scheme of work. Equality is embedded into everything that we do at St Mary’s RC Primary School.
  • Our environment is safe and clean with everyone sharing responsibility for it.
  • Our culture is one of continuous improvement, creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Parents and carers will be informed about the policy via the school website where it is available to read and download.

The Programme of Study will cover:

The programme will cover:

  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle. 
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. 
  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing. 
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe.
  • Managing change, including puberty, transition and loss. 
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this.
  • How to respond in various emergencies. 
  • Identifying different influences on health and wellbeing. 
  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts. 
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships. 
  • How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse, as well as how to respond to these and ask for help. 
  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships. 
  • Respect for the self and others, and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.
  • Rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately, as citizens.
  • Different groups and communities, and how to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community. 
  • The importance of respecting and protecting the environment. 
  • Where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively  how money plays an important part in people’s lives 
  • A basic understanding of enterprise.


PSHE Statement of Implementation

A range of teaching and learning styles will be used to teach PSHE. The main Scheme of work that the school will adopt is HeartSmart, a resource that builds resilience, emotional intelligence and active empathy in children. HeartSmart lessons are taught on a weekly basis from nursery to Year 6 and its ethos is underpinned in all aspects of daily life at St. Mary’s School.

  • Teaching will be pupil-led and there will be an emphasis on active learning techniques such as discussion and group work.
  • ‘Ice-breaker’ activities and clear ground rules regarding discussions will be put in place in order to ensure a safe, supportive and positive learning environment.
  • Pupils will have the opportunity to engage in investigations and problem solving activities.
  • All pupils will be encouraged to take part in charity work and volunteering as part of our school community, as well as organising school events such as assemblies and fundraisers.
  • We will use visiting speakers, such as health workers and the police, to broaden the curriculum and share their real life experiences.
  • Pupils’ questions will, unless inappropriate, be answered respectfully by the teacher.
  • Every lesson should reinforce that, if pupils have any personal concerns or wish to talk about any of the issues raised in the lesson, they should feel comfortable consulting their teacher or another member of staff about this.
  • Teaching will take into account the ability, age, readiness and cultural backgrounds of all young people in the class and will be tailored accordingly.
  • All pupils with special educational needs will receive PSHE education, with content and delivery tailored to meet their individual needs.
  • Pupils’ knowledge and understanding is assessed through formative assessment via question and answer sessions, discussion groups and quizzes. The caring and positive ethos of our school will be an effective tool to measure the effectiveness of our PHSE curriculum.

PSHE Curriculum Progression

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

Below are the details of the RSE scheme of work ‘A Journey in Love’, there is a parents booklet and a presentation.

A Journey in Love Booklet for Parents –

Journey in Love Presentation