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Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE)

Curriculum Statement

At Willow Primary School, PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos.


British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.


PSHE Statement of Intent

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.  Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles 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. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

Our Curriculum

Our intention is to build a PSHE curriculum which develops learning 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.


At Willow Primary School, we use the You, Me, PSHE scheme to teach PSHCE which is a comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.


The scheme of work includes

  • Substance Misuse
  • Tobacco
  • Risk Taking /Safety
  • Diversity
  • Emotional Health
  • Coping Strategies
  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy relationships/bullying
  • Puberty/Growing up
  • Financial Education
  • British Values
  • Democracy
  • Citizenship
  • Physical Activity
  • E-Safety
  • Careers


Our curriculum demonstrates subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relations Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education HE) 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 and experiences for later life'. 


Click the link below to view our Whole School Curriculum Map which includes the following strands


- Relationships and Sex Education 

- Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education

- Keeping Safe and Managing Risk

- Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

- Physical Health and Wellbeing

- Careers, Financial Capability and Economic Wellbeing

- Identity, Society and Equality


The scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values and SMSC. Our PSHE curriculum starts in Reception and follows the children through to Year 6. The distribution of the lessons complements national events throughout the year such as Anti-bullying Week.


Beyond our documented curriculum, it is hoped that the school’s ASPIRE values provide a culture that contributes equally towards the personal development of our children. Our school ethos also promotes a rich learning environment which is driven by diversity and equality. 


Our teaching approach places a great emphasis upon respect, collaboration and cooperation. Beyond this, pupils are encouraged to develop and show leadership in their class and school community through the Pupil Leadership and Anti-bullying teams. 


PSHE, British Values and SMSC displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum enabling children to make links.


Whole school, Key Stage and class assemblies make a links to PSHE, British Values, SMSC and our school values. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.


At Willow Primary School, we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught frequently. We use a two week timetable where PSHE and RE are taught alternatively each week. This enables teachers to ensure full coverage of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. 


  • Children will demonstrate 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 in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
  • Children will become healthy and responsible members of society.
  • Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.


At Willow, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We expect teachers to use a PSHE map and scheme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.


We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.


We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. 

Relationships and Sex Education at Willow

At Willow Primary School, we have always recognised the crucial role PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) plays in the education and wellbeing of all our children. It is an integral part of our curriculum, taught both as stand alone sessions, through cross curricular learning and curriculum enhancement. 


From September 2020, we will be delivering the governments new statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. This new curriculum will be delivered within PSHE lessons and through Big Talk Education. 


In order to ensure that all the statutory requirements are covered throughout school in a sensitive and age appropriate way, we are following an online scheme of work, provided by Me, You and PSHE.  In addition to this, we also use the Big Talk Education 'Growing Up Safe Programme'. We have selected the whole school Big Talk approach,  where a specialist team of facilitators work with pupils, parents and school staff. This high quality, age appropriate RSE programme is designed to keep children safe, healthy and happy. 


Our You, Me and PSHE scheme along with the Big Talk programme does not only ensure that the statutory objectives are taught but also combines them with additional PSHE objectives, ensuring our children are given the tools to become, life long learners and acquire personal skills and attributes to help them in their future lives.


For the 2020/2021 academic year, the teaching and learning of our Relationships and Sex Education will be split over Autumn 1, Autumn 2 and Summer 2.


Autumn 1 Core Theme: All different, All Equal

Pupils will learn about identify, society and equality. Units cover objectives linked to Relationships Education. Please see our curriculum map for detailed coverage and year group learning objectives. 


Autumn 2 Core Theme: Healthy Mind

Pupils will learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing. Units cover objectives linked to Relationships Education. Please see our curriculum map for detailed coverage and year group learning objectives. 


Summer 2: Changes

Our Relationships and Sex Education will be taught in the Summer 2 term, including Big Talk Education. Details and content about our Sex Education can also be found on our whole school PSHCE curriculum map. Please see the sub-pages below for more information.


If you have any questions about our RSE curriculum, please don’t hesitate to contact school or speak with your child’s class teacher.