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St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide  -

Personal, Social, Health Education -PSHE

Accept yourself as you are right now; an imperfect, changing, growing and worthy person' Denis Waitley

'It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are' E.E Cummings


Our intention is that when children leave St Marie’s, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding, skills and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.


Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.




EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 


Pupils are taught discreet PSHE lessons once per week, however PSHE objectives are an integral part of all curriculum subjects and embedded in everyday life at St Marie’s, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. PSHE is an important part of school and class assemblies and collective worship, where spiritual and moral beliefs are nurtured.


At St Marie’s, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered through the Journey in Love Scheme approved by the Archdiocese. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships so that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.

PSHE is taught through the PSHE Association’s termly themes with each year group focusing on the same theme:


Autumn – Relationships (families and friendships, safe relationships, respecting ourselves and others.)

Spring – Living in the Wider World (belonging to a community, media literacy and digital resilience, money and work.)

Summer - Health and Well-being (physical health and mental well-being, growing and changing, keeping safe)

In KS1 and KS2, children record some work in PSHE books which are split into the three main themes. These books follow the children through the school showing progression of knowledge and skills gained.


At St Marie’s, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE lessons so that all pupils become healthy, respectful, socially and morally responsible members of society. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance pupils’ education and help them to become caring, kind and confident individuals. 

 Teachers will use a range of methods to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils learning, to ensure that pupils make progress. The range of measures used include:

  • Continuous assessment from teachers during lessons, to adapt and plan for necessary changes within the scheme based on individual need.
  • Pupil voice
  • Circle times, class assemblies and whole school worship allow opportunities to address needs as they arise.
  • Work in books and mini assessment activities
  • Learning walks


PSHE long Term Plan Overview

What makes a good citizen at Saint Marie’s?

A good citizen:



Can recognise what healthy and positive relationships/friendships look like. They live, promote and help others maintain these.




Knows how to be a responsible member of a community and is environmentally aware.





Knows the value of honesty and integrity.   


Thinks creatively, solves problems, communicates well with others, is resilient to make mistakes and not give up, is confident in their own strengths and has strategies to overcome barriers.




Understand the importance of equality and listens to the views and beliefs of others.



Is ready for the future. Able to take and manage own risks. 






Has strategies that help to be mentally and physically well and know how and where to ask for help when they need to.





Please see the section in 'Catholic life and R.E for information regarding RSHE

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide RSHE

“God created man in the image of himself. And so it was that God saw all he had made and indeed it was very good” Genesis 1: 27


The national curriculum for RSHE aims to ensure that all pupils are able:

St Marie’s is a Catholic school and our teaching is based on the knowledge that God is present in each member of our school community. We demonstrate respect for each person created by God. Our approach to relationship and sex education therefore is rooted in the Catholic Church's teaching of the human person and is presented positively and prudently.


At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit in communion, united in loving relationship and embracing all people and all creation.

St Marie’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide a suitable programme that follows the statutory need to include RSHE into their curriculum from September 2020 which meets the ethos of its Catholic identity and mission.


The purpose of this Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) policy is to set out the ways in which the school’s provision supports pupils through their spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical development, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life growing up in today’s world.

Our School’s mission embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people, and through an agreed approach to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) using the Archdiocesan recommended resource ‘Journey In’ Love 2020 we believe that we can promote the development of the whole child, so that children can grow in virtue, wisdom and stature, understanding both the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing spiritually, as well as moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life.

We aim:

  • To encourage pupils’ growth in self-respect, acknowledging, we are all created in the image and likeness of God
  • To help pupils develop an understanding that love is the basis of relationships
  • To help pupils understand the nature of the relationship and to encourage them to reflect on their own relationships and respect differences between people
  • To develop pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships
  • To help acquire the skills necessary to develop and sustain relationships
  • To offer sex education in the wider context of relationships
  • To ensure that pupils protect themselves and ask for help and support when needed
  • To ensure that pupils are prepared for puberty
  • To help pupils to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle

To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens and to understand the Catholic vision of what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom/ reign of God.


Relationship and Sex Education (RSHE) is taught both discretely and within the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum lessons.  Some aspects of the RSHE curriculum may be touched upon in other lessons as it shares links with Religious Education, Science and Physical Education.

Our implementation of RSHE will ensure that content is relevant to the age, experience and maturity of pupils. The new statutory guidance for Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:


  • Families and people who care for me.
  • Caring friendships.
  • Respectful relationships.
  • Online relationships.
  • Being safe.


These areas of learning are taught within the context of ‘family life’ and could include married or single parent families, same sex parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures, along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a support structure around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).

As a school, we promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations. Our school environment uniformly applies values of inclusion and respect to all pupils and their families.  All staff are proactive in promoting positive relationships and receive regular training.

We ask that the children are recording one/two high quality pieces of work throughout the teaching of Journey in Love.  We feel that these pieces should be taken from the suggested activities from the JIL book or a reflection of the children’s learning (taking the form of a prayer or thought)


We are dedicated to ensuring that all children receive a broad and balanced curriculum so that they feel ready for the challenges ahead at each next stage in life. The impact of implementing our RSHE curriculum in the way that we do allows the children to know that they are supported, have a voice, are listened to and loved by God.

A record is kept in teachers’ planning of the delivery of RSHE. The programme is assessed, monitored and evaluated by the subject leaders in accordance with the school’s monitoring and evaluation policy. Pupils are given the opportunity, at an appropriate level, to self-evaluate. Our PSHE books are passed up each year so the children can see their own progression through the subject. We hope that the children come away from each lesson prepared and supported as they grow.