What is PSHE?

PSHE is a non-statutory subject within the National Curriculum. However, at Leagrave Primary School we are committed to the development of the whole child and as a consequence we place Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at the heart of all we do. We recognise that schools support pupils to develop in many diverse aspects of life, and the responsibility of preparing pupils for their adult lives is one that Leagrave Primary School takes pride in, and assumes with integrity and purpose.

If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, care.

Teacher and Children at Leagrave Primary School

Our PSHE curriculum incorporates an age appropriate understanding of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), as set out in the statutory guidance, enabling all children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. The school uses the locally approved Christopher Winter Scheme to support the teaching of RSE.

In Early Years, PSHE is referred to as personal, social and emotional development. This area of learning is concerned with wellbeing – knowing who you are, where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social competence and a positive disposition to learn.

In KS1, PSHE is taught through the following strands: 

  • Relationships – Pupils are taught to identify and respect difference between people. They identify special people in their lives. Children learn to manage conflict within a friendship.
  • Living in the Wider World – Children learn about rights and responsibilities. They learn about people who can help us in an emergency. Children explore types of teasing and bullying and develop strategies to deal with bullying. 
  • Health and Wellbeing – They celebrate strengths and set challenging goals. Children understand the importance of maintaining personal hygiene and what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout Key Stage Two, these key skills are developed further, extending children’s knowledge of each strand.

  • Relationships – Children learn about the different family types and explore how families give love, security and stability. They learn about online safety within relationships. Children learn to manage conflicts and recognise who to trust. 
  • Living in the Wider World – They explore the different types of bullying and the impact of bullying. Children learn about the role of money and managing money through visits from Metro Bank and NatWest Bank. 
  • Health and Wellbeing  – Children learn about the benefits of physical exercise and time outdoors. They explore the risks of an inactive lifestyle. Children learn how to respond in an emergency situation and learn how to carry out basic first aid.