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PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.

Safeguarding and mental well-being are also key aspects of our PSHE curriculum. Look at the relevant pages on our website for further information about these areas.


At Sheriff Hutton Primary we want to help children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. We intend PSHE education in our school to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and that equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible, and balanced lives. We intend to encourage children to be enterprising and support them in making effective transitions, positive learning and carer choices and in achieving economic well-being.

At Sheriff Hutton Primary our PSHE education intends to give children opportunities to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

At Sheriff Hutton Primary our PSHE education intends to contribute to children’s personal development by helping them to build their confidence, resilience, and self-esteem and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. We aim to help children recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy, and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. At our school we want to equip children with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe both on and offline and ensure safeguarding needs thread through our curriculum.

We intend to ensure all children understand the importance of equality and respect and the Protected Characteristics from the Equality Act 2010.


We will achieve this through a whole school approach, including implementation of the PSHE Curriculum; a taught sequence of lessons that are progressive and based on what our children in our school and village need, considering their age, stage, and maturity and their understanding, culture, and experience. It is also implemented through school policy such as our inclusion policy, our school ethos and values, pastoral support, assemblies that cover British Values, visits, and visitors and our Behaviour Policy. We highlight occasions such as Black History month and we focus on Five Ways to Well Being. Children can share any concerns privately through worry boxes, worries monsters or feelings boards and members of staff can support children accordingly. There is also the opportunity for children to talk to class council members.

The main aspects of our PSHE curriculum are taken from The PSHE Association, The Thematic Model planning. This covers three core themes from the programme of study over the year, ‘Relationships’, ‘Living in the Wider World’ and ‘Health and Well Being’. Each theme then has three topics which cover the PSHE learning intentions. The curriculum takes into account mixed year groups and our planning accommodates this. We consider what our children have told us in the ‘Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey’ and adapt our curriculum accordingly. We ensure our curriculum covers the statutory requirements of Relationship and Sex and Health Education.

In Key Stage One and Two PSHE is taught every week by the class teacher or HLTA. Some Sex and Health Education is taught in Science and P.E. In Reception, Personal, Social and Emotional Development runs throughout the curriculum, during child-initiated learning where we provide purposeful provision and interaction based on the children’s knowledge and interest and we have planned adult led circle times where we explore the learning and development intentions in The Early Years framework, through stories.

In PSHE lessons we ensure that a safe teaching and learning environment is created and there is a school ethos which promotes positive relationships between peers and pupils and staff. In PSHE lessons we use active learning strategies which enable pupils to practise a range of skills within the safety of the classroom on scenarios that are realistic to them.

The statutory Relationships Education forms a part of our wider PSHE curriculum.

RSE Guidance

Relationships Policy

Long term planning identifies key themes for each half term, throughout the two year rolling programme units are sequenced based on links to other subjects areas, time of year (special events, seasons, festivals) or as part of the scheme of learning.

PSHE long term plan

PSHE Vocabulary Progression

PSHE progression Map


Key Stage 1

At Sheriff Hutton Primary School we are adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in our school. KS1 PSHE Units of work This is currently a ‘working draft’ document.

We base our lessons around the ‘Twinkl Life’ collection, further details can be found by selecting the link below.

Twinkl Life KS1


Key Stage 2

We have split the units into Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).

Lower Key Stage 2

PSHE LKS2 Units of work This is currently a ‘working draft’ document.

We base our lessons around the ‘Twinkl Life’ collection, details can be found below.

Twinkl Life LKS2


Upper Key Stage 2

PSHE UKS2 Units of work This is currently a ‘working draft’ document.

We base our lessons around the ‘Twinkl Life’ collection, select the link below for further details.

Twinkl Life UKS2



By the time our children leave our school they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially, and morally responsible, active members of society
  • understand the importance of equality and respect and The Protected Characteristics
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being (recognise online and offline risk to wellbeing)
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others
  • have a positive self esteem

For further information please follow the link to the PSHE Education Programme of Study