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Through our PSHCE teaching we aim to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to lead happy, healthy and productive lives in modern Britain.  This includes the knowledge of how to manage risks and keep themselves safe.  We aim to nurture personal attributes such as resilience and self-esteem, as well as develop pupils' critical thinking skills and the ability to work as a team.  Underpinning all our teaching is our aim to develop pupils' respect for others and to challenge stereotypes through the use of diverse role models.


Our PSHCE teaching follows the North Yorkshire County Council’s framework which includes the DfE RSE and health education statutory learning and focuses on the following five themes:

  • Me and my relationships
  • Keeping myself safe - Online safety
  • My Healthy Lifestyle - Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Me and My future
  • Becoming an active citizen

Each year group covers six units a year, each time building on previous learning and with opportunities for pupils to reflect upon their personal progress.  The PSHCE curriculum is delivered using a range of teaching and learning styles, including drama, discussion, group tasks, artwork and circle time.  The scope of these units includes exploring the causes and types of bullying, strategies for coping with transition and change, understanding our emotions, body awareness and growing up, and road and water safety. E-safety is an integral part of some of these units as well as being covered through the ICT curriculum.

PSHCE is not only taught in regular discrete lessons, but also enriched and applied in many aspects of school life.  These include opportunities for 'Show and Tell', weekly awards for ‘Star of the Week’ and ‘Thumbs up’.  We tailor our teaching to also reflect the needs of our community in which our children live and what may be applicable to their lives at a particular time.

Links to our School Vision

  • Pupils learn about what it means to belong to a community
  • Pupils learn strategies for developing and sustaining positive relationships
  • Pupils are encouraged to develop self-esteem, explore their emotions and learn strategies for dealing with change
  • Pupils are taught the importance of respect, tolerance and to value diversity
  • There is a focus on developing pupils' self-esteem, both through explicit teaching and through opportunities to celebrate talents and achievement

British Values

The British Values, and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) form an integral part of the PSHCE curriculum.  Mutual respect, tolerance and an appreciation of diversity underpin our approach to teaching as we create a learning environment where we listen to the views of others.  Pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make independent and informed choices.  The Rule of Law is explored in terms of rights, responsibilities and understanding how rules benefit us all.

PSHE action plan

PSHE curriculum and skills development

PSHE leader annual review

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