The intent of the PSHE curriculum links closely to the whole school curriculum intent and lays foundations which will support children to ‘live life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). Our intent is to provide the children with knowledge and skills which benefit them holistically and enable them to become valued citizens that thrive within our community and the wider world. Therefore, we actively promote a growth mindset culture in the classroom – the belief that we are not innately good or bad at things, but rather that we are in control of our skills and abilities and that, with effort and perseverance, we can change things. Key skills across the curriculum to support children developing their resilience and emotional wellbeing, are featured throughout PSHE. This is crucial when developing both academic and emotional resilience. Protective factors to reduce the risk of children turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms are integrated into PSHE including good communication skills, good problem-solving skills and healthy coping skills, including healthy responses to moments of crisis.

At St Francis of Assisi Primary School, we want our children to:

“…flourish and to gain every opportunity to live fulfilled lives. For Church schools, RSE is about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, healthy relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It is also about the spiritual and moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purposes of life.” (Church of England Education Office)

The skills and knowledge taught seek to enable children to successfully cope with relationships, personal health and the realities of living in the wider world. Children are provided with a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum which will motivate them to flourish and allow their light to shine. By teaching children the skills to look after their mental and physical health, we will provide them with the ability to overcome obstacles and break down barriers. Children can build on their knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, as they mature and progress throughout the school. Happiness, relaxation techniques and resilience are taught throughout the school, repeatedly at different levels, to develop children’s ability to adapt well in the face of adversity. By incorporating British Values, mental health awareness, online safety and supporting and embedding the Christian Values in PSHE lessons, St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School provides a framework which is beneficial for both children’s and society’s well-being.

Please click here for a copy of our table showing the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 for RSE and Health Education. The school has a Relationships and Health Education Policy which was developed and created during the academic year 2019-2020 through consultation with a range of stakeholders (see policy for more information). It is reviewed on an annual basis.

The school has a clear progression document for pupils throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for PSHE which can be found in our PSHE Policy.


Please click here for a copy of our long term overview. Further details about the implementation can be found by contacting Mrs Robinson and Mrs Watt (our PSHE Leads) or by reading our policy documentation.