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PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Curriculum Statement

Our PSHE programme promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at Dundale Primary School, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  We follow a programme of study developed from the PSHE Association’s Primary Scheme of Work – Program Builders – question based, which is recommended by the Department for Education.  Our programme of Study not only reflects the specific needs of the pupils but also reflects the universal needs shared by all pupils. 


PSHE Statement of Intent

Our school’s overarching intent for our pupils is to provide a Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education programme of study which ensures all pupils are provided with:

· Accurate, balanced, and relevant knowledge.

· Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding.

· Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights, and responsibilities.

· The skills, language, and strategies they need to live healthy, safe, fulfilling responsible and balanced lives.

· Opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem and empathy.

· Accurate, balanced, and relevant knowledge to enable them to appreciate what it means to be a positive, tolerant member of a diverse multicultural society.



PSHE Association evaluated research ‘A case for PSHE’ indicates that PSHE when taught well - helps keep children and young people safe, physically, and emotionally healthy and prepared for life and work.

PSHE Association evaluated research ‘PSHE, Academic Attainment and Employability’ indicates that growing evidence suggests that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.



The scheme of work has three core themes, the same for each key stage. Each core theme is divided up into three topic areas: 


Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing 

Topic areas: 

Healthy lifestyles 

Keeping safe 

Growing and changing 


Core Theme 2: Relationships 

Topic areas: 

Healthy Relationships 

Feelings and emotions 

Valuing difference  


Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World 

Topic areas: 

Rights and responsibilities 

Taking care of the environment 

Money matters 


Whilst PSHE is split into three separate core themes, there will always be extensive overlap. PSHE education addresses both pupils’ direct experience and preparation for their future. Therefore, we feel it is important to provide a spiral programme of knowledge, skills and attribute development, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and key stage appropriate contexts.  We feel that PSHE education should reflect the universal needs shared by all pupils as well as the specific needs of the pupils at our school. 





We teach PSHE & Relationship and Sex Health Education (RS&H) in a variety of ways. We have dedicated curriculum time/lessons, where the lessons are delivered by class teachers.  

PSHE, is also covered through all areas of the school’s curriculum, where links are made to PSHE.

British Values (BV) and Spiritual, moral, social cultural (SMSC)


In addition, PSHE is developed through whole-school activities and events: 

Our school council: the representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters.   

We offer two residential visits in Key Stage 2: Year 5 visit Green Park outward bound centre and Year 6 visit Kingswood Centre outdoor training centre, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and independence, giving them opportunities to develop leadership skills and positive group work.  

Themed weeks: our children take part in themed weeks and whole school events. For example, ‘Feel good week – 8th February 2021

Visiting speakers.  

A variety of clubs. 

Displays across the school.

Assemblies – whole school and year group


We also ensure that we incorporate and respect all social, moral, spiritual, and cultural issues, encouraging our children to think about their place within Britain as citizens. We include the five British Values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of different faiths/beliefs) within all of our teachings to establish an effective and safe school environment.


How PSHE is taught throughout at Dundale and Nursery Primary School


In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. We relate the PSHE aspects of the children’s work to the areas of learning set out in the Foundation Stage guidance to develop a child’s personal, emotional and social development. This is also supported through other areas of learning such as Knowledge and Understanding and Communication, Language and Literacy. Children in the Foundation Stage are placed in pastoral groups and attached to a key adult, daily pastoral group activities always have many PSHE elements incorporated into them.


Sex Education – Year 6  

In addition to the topics above, Sex Education will be taught to our pupils in Year 6. This teaching will be in addition to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for Science, which at key stages 1 and 2 includes teaching about the main external parts of the body and changes to the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty. 


Teaching PSHE to children with special needs

All pupils, regardless of their needs must be part of PSHE & RS&HE lessons, as it is an important part of developing healthy relationships with their peers. We will respect pupils’ unique starting points by providing learning opportunities that are matched to the individual needs of all children, including those who are gifted and talented or have learning difficulties. When teaching PSHE we consider the targets set for the children in their Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), some of which may be directly related to PSHE targets.

For gifted and talented pupils, we will provide additional opportunities to take responsibility, develop leadership skills, think creatively, and use their talents for the good of the class or the wider community.


Equality and Diversity

At Dundale Primary School, PSHE education is accessible to every pupil.  Teaching will consider the ability, age, readiness, religious and cultural backgrounds of our young people and those with English as a second language to ensure that all can fully access our PSHE education provision, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.


Assessment and recording


We will assess the pupils’ learning through valuing and recognising what pupils have done or completed successfully, thereby raising their self-esteem.


In PSHE there are two broad areas for assessment:


Children's knowledge and understanding; for example, information on health, understanding of rules, understanding of health and safety procedures, and the meaning of ideas including democracy.

How well children can use their knowledge and understanding in developing skills and attitudes; for example, through participating in discussions, group tasks and activities, managing conflict, making decisions, and promoting positive relationships.


Pupils record their work in a variety of ways: recorded in topic books, on displays, can be on post -it notes during discussion time, not every lesson is expected to be recorded.




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 Dundale Primary and Nursery School 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 programme 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 for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Useful websites

PSHE education: a guide for parents | (