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Our PSHE curriculum enables children to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to make informed decisions about their health, well being and relationships.  We teach children to respect themselves and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions. We aim to help pupils understand how to develop personally and socially.  Our children are encouraged to be resilient, confident and positive. We help children develop their sense of self-worth. We want them to enjoy contributing to the school and local community. We aim to prepare children for life as adults in modern multicultural Britain.


At St James’ our PSHE curriculum has developed from our core values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect.   PSHE is an integral part of our daily practice, it is taught both discreetly and cross curricularly. We also address aspects of our PSHE curriculum in daily worship time.   At times it may also be necessary for a class to have additional PSHE in response to an issue arising in their class. Furthermore, we give children many opportunities for personal growth by contributing to the school in a wider context, e.g. becoming a house captain, school counselor school ambassador, playground pal, library or lunch monitor or member of the worship team.  

Our central themes are:  Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. We have a whole school priority of Growth Mindset.


Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing 

In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should be taught: 

  • what is meant by a healthy lifestyle 
  • how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing 
  • how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing 
  • ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  • ways of keeping safe online
  • about managing change, including puberty, transition and loss 
  • how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this 
  •  how to respond in an emergency 
  •  to identify different influences on health and wellbeing. 


Core theme 2: Relationships 

In Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should be taught: 

  • how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts 
  • how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships 
  • how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse 
  • how to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help 
  • how to respect equality and diversity in relationships. 

Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World 

In Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils should focus on ‘economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen’ and be taught: 

  • about respect for the self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions 
  • about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens 
  • about different groups and communities 
  • to respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community 
  • about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment 
  • about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively 
  • how money plays an important part in people’s lives 
  • a basic understanding of enterprise.


We aim to create memorable and relevant learning experiences for our children by events such as; Enterprise Day, our trip to Fort Purbrook or for KS1, visits from the Fire Service.  The Scheme of work also includes explicit links to British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC).