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Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education at Red Hill Primary School


At Red Hill School our Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum aims to:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, mental and physical development of pupils
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We have planned a PSHE curriculum that is relevant to our children and their current needs while preparing them for their future. It aims to be broadly based and balanced, developed to promote the well-being of all our pupils.

Our PSHE curriculum is not planned in isolation. It makes real and relevant links to many other subjects and policies such as safeguarding, equal opportunities and behaviour.

We aim to provide learning opportunities that respect and take into account prior learning and personal experiences. We expect children to develop essential skills. Of particular significance are:

  • Intra personal skills (required for self-management)
  • Interpersonal skills (required for positive relationships)
  • Enquiry skills

All pupils will be provided with:

  • Accurate and relevant knowledge
  • Opportunities to reflect and make that knowledge relevant and personal to their understanding
  • Opportunities to explore, clarify and, when necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives, now and in the future.

The Curriculum

There are 3 core themes to the curriculum, which are developed in a ‘spiral programme’ ensuring that learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and developmentally appropriate contexts.

They build on Foundation Stage learning and there is a broad overlap and flexibility between them.

The themes are:

  1. Health and Wellbeing
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world

These themes are developed in different ways. They may be delivered through/within:

  • Whole school and phase assemblies
  • Whole school events/initiatives
  • Class topics and themes
  • Class induction at the beginning of a school year
  • As discrete planned units within the curriculum
  • As part of an on-going PSHE curriculum within year groups
  • In response to issues and matters arising within the class, community or wider world.

Health and Wellbeing

Pupils will be taught:

  • 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
  • About managing change, such as 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 an emergency
  • To identify different influences on health and wellbeing
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