PSHE Curriculum


PSHE Leader: Miss Hendry

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What is PSHE? Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE can help the children at Holden Clough to gain a measure of knowledge, skills and understanding on which to build confident, healthy, independent lives.

We recognise the importance of the role of PSHE in helping our children really understand themselves and others. Through the positive work we do in this area, we feel that we are equipping our children with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for life, not only within our school community, but also in the wider world.

Through our 3D scheme, Wellbeing Wednesday, theme days/weeks, circle time and their own experiences, all children are encouraged to explore their own worth in the school community and within their wider community. In doing so, the aim is for each individual to become increasingly responsible for their own actions and learning.

PSHE is embedded within all that we do at Holden Clough and is closely linked with our work in other areas of the curriculum. Through our approach we aim to help our children develop by increasing their confidence, helping them to keep safe, building on their sense of identity, developing their self-understanding as well as empathy for others, and by helping them to develop positive and productive relationships throughout their lives.

Thorough active participation and personal reflection, the children will learn to respect each other and understand our diversities and differences. Our aim at Holden Clough is to help and encourage all the children to form effective and fulfilling friendship both now and in the future.

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Our 3D scheme is taught alongsige our Dimensions curriculumn and covers a host of topic areas but ultimately it’s all about helping children grow into  happy, healthy adults who respect other people and know their rights and responsibilities. 


Key Stage 1

Covering a range of issues, such as health and hygiene, staying safe (outside, online and with strangers), relationships and recycling, these primary resources for KS1 PSHE are designed to give our your KS1 children a well-rounded understanding of PSHE.

PSHE is separated into three core themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

Our KS1 PSHE lessons on Relationships include activities on friendship, anti-bullying and celebrating diversity. They teach children what healthy and unhealthy relationships are so they can be well-informed, empowered and discerning adults.

In the Health and Wellbeing core theme, children focus on the importance of exercise, healthy eating, road safety, fire safety and more. 

Living in the Wider World lessons cover the environment, global warming and British values. 

KS1 PSHE lessons will help children to navigate the world around them and prepare them for life after school. It helps them avoid risks and dangerous situations and educates children on how to treat others with respect. What's more, KS1 PSHE lessons encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle in and out of school. Children who are emotionally healthy do better in school, as well as developing a more well-rounded life overall.

In KS1 PSHE lessons, children will also learn to:

  • Develop resiliency, enabling them to better handle difficult situations
  • Become a better team player
  • Understand how to cope with anxiety, unhealthy relationships and other challenges in life
  • Develop healthy confidence in themselves
  • Practice communication skills with others around them


Key Stage 2

 PSHE gives key stage 2 children the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their body, their peers, and the world around them (beyond the classroom). It prepares them for life outside and beyond school, giving them the knowledge and tools they'll need in everyday life. Lessons also help children to understand different emotions and feelings, that it's important to reach out when they're struggling, and that there is always someone who can help.

Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing

  • Balanced, healthy lifestyles
  • Physical health
  • keeping safe (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, substance abuse)
  • Healthy diets / nutrition
  • Importance of regular exercise
  • Importance of sleep
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Medicines
  • Oral hygiene
  • Sun exposure
  • The internet and keeping safe online
  • Mental health
  • Emotions and feelings (including death,grief and dealing with conflict)
  • Aspirations (stengths and goals)
  • Basic first aid
  • Personal identity (gender, ethnicity, faith etc.)
  • Puberty
  • Animal reproduction (linked with Science)


Core Theme 2: Relationships

  • Different types of relationships
  • Similarities and differences
  • Race, ethnicity and cluture;
  • Attraction
  • Difference between gender and sexual orientation
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Marriage
  • Different types of family structures
  • Friendship
  • Healthy relationships
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Bullying
  • Online relationships
  • Physical contact


Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World

  • Rules and laws
  • Human rights
  • Rghts and responsibilities
  • Communities
  • Diversity
  • Stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Internet/social media
  • Money (generating income)
  • Economic awareness (budgeting, consumer sense)
  • Jobs/careers

PSHE has a strong link to SMSC and British Values.

To find out more about the curriculum your school is following please contact the school office


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