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   “Learning for life”


PSHE Curriculum


At Thornton Hough Primary School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum.  PSHE is at the core of what we do and equips our children with the skills and knowledge to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society. Our PSHE curriculum delivers relevant and meaningful content, combined with a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing positive mental and physical health.

Our whole-school approach to PSHE underpins and informs our wider curriculum.  A thoroughly planned and rigorous PSHE programme leads to excellence across the curriculum as well as providing lifelong skills and knowledge.  Our curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the requirements of the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum, whereby schools are required to 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, responsibilities and experiences in later life.


By the time children leave our school they will:

  • have the willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere
  • have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships
  • have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society
  • have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion for others
  • be able to talk about, understand and manage their emotions
  • understand that their mental and physical health are interlinked and have some strategies to support this.





Our clear and comprehensive scheme of work is in line with the National Curriculum. Our PSHE curriculum has three core learning themes:

  • health and wellbeing
  • relationships
  • living in the wider world

We ensure we cover these areas in depth by following the schemes of work set out in the PSHE Association’s Programmes of Study, which also comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 

PSED in the Early Years

  • As a prime area, PSED plays an integral part of all that we do in Foundation 2 as the children get used to the rules, routines and daily life of full time school
  • PSED is also taught discretely through topics such as ‘Caring for our World’, ‘Me and My Healthy Body’, and ‘Getting to Know You’. 


PSHE in KS 1 & 2

  • PSHE is taught discretely from Year 1 to Year 6 at least once a week and for a minimum of 1 hour per week.  Each year group has a ‘class PSHE book’ that children and staff contribute to (observations, photographs etc.) as well as individual PSHE books.
  • Our Values Based Education programme supports and enhances our PSHE curriculum and is at the core of all we do.  We have 22 core values that are covered over the course of a two- year period.  This allows all our children to return to each value several times during their time with us, enabling them to develop an ethical vocabulary and to explore concepts at a greater depth as they mature.
  • Assemblies – whole school and key stage always make links to PSHE and our current value.
  • PSHE displays throughout the school environment.
  • PSHE in the wider curriculum.  Wherever possible, meaningful links are made to other curriculum areas to reinforce our PSHE curriculum.
  • 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
  • RSE programme 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 programme of work during the class transition meetings, planned information sessions, and further support / clarification will be given if required.



By the time our pupils leave us at the end of Year 6 they will:

  • Have the confidence and desire to try new things
  • Demonstrate perseverance and resilience
  • Have a strong self-awareness, linked with compassion for others
  • Have a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy, stay safe, develop positive relationships and make informed choices
  • Have a developing appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.



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