Blackthorn Place, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 7BE 01782 567700

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

The school’s intent for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is to give pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. In general, our pupils do not have broad and varied experiences of the world around them and therefore we need to ensure that they are given a wide range of experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. Throughout our PSHE learning we aim to ensure pupils achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.  

The curriculum is structured around an overarching question for each term or half term. These begin in Key Stage 1 as ‘What? and ‘Who?’’ questions and build throughout Key Stage 2 into ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ questions. The three core themes are fully covered - colour-coding highlights whether the overall topic focus is Health and Wellbeing, Relationships or Living in the Wider World, although some half term blocks will draw on more than one core theme. Teaching builds according to the age and needs of the pupils throughout the primary phase with suggested developmentally appropriate learning objectives given to respond to each key question. 

Across the year groups, we will explore rules and responsibilities, we also focus upon how democracy works, not only within our school life but also in a Governmental capacity.  On-line safety is an important feature of our school life and although there is a strong focus upon on line safety in the first half of the Autumn term in the Computing Curriculum, this is revisited each half-term to ensure that it stays in the forefront of children’s minds as they access the internet and social media. 

Progression through the curriculum aims to enrich understanding of the wider world and we incorporate ‘Safer Internet Day’ within this learning.  The elements of coverage across the differing year groups allows for a deeper understanding of how relationships can develop and/or change over time and the emotional questions attached to this. The curriculum aims to develop pupils’ understanding of diversity and community and will include SRE as per guidelines as of the 2020 policy.  

When required, PSHE lessons will take precedent over other learning if we are made aware of an immediate safety or community issue to ensure that our children are aware of how to look after themselves and others.