The aim of our PSHE curriculum is to equip our pupils with the skills to integrate themselves successfully into society. It provides opportunities for pupils to learn about and discuss how to conduct themselves in an increasingly complex world. It addresses how to stay safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way both on and offline. Our PSHE curriculum supports pupils to put in place the key building blocks for maintaining healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts. Teaching about mental well-being is central to our intent and the curriculum is designed to give pupils the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.

The PSHE curriculum is organised over a two- year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are designed to meet the needs of all learners, and flexibility in the units is promoted in order to address emerging or topical issues. The same three themes, ‘Health and Well-Being’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’ run throughout the school to ensure that a spiral curriculum is in place. Key concepts are revisited and built upon at an age appropriate level across the school. As well as the explicit units of work that are taught in PSHE, strong links are made to our themes in weekly circle times, in daily assembly sessions across the week, in the language of staff, in projects ran by the school council, in events on our SMSC calendar, RE sessions and the values upheld by the school. British values are woven into the PSHE curriculum and are continuously reinforced in the ethos of Northway.


Children begin by learning to accept and embrace who they are. They are encouraged to recognise and identify the range of emotions and feelings they experience and how to handle these in positive ways. They then begin to look beyond themselves, developing empathy and the skills to co-operate, integrate and successfully build positive relationships.


In Key Stage One, as pupils study ‘Health and Well-being’, they learn about how to develop healthy lifestyles both physically and emotionally through learning about making healthy choices, personal hygiene, balanced diets, growing and changing and staying safe in contexts appropriate to their age. As they study ‘Relationships’ they recognise what constitutes to a positive relationship, how to deal with conflict or unhealthy relationships and how to foster respect for themselves and others. When studying ‘Living in the Wider World’ they develop an understanding of why we have rules, their role in the local environment and they begin to explore concepts linked to money.


In Key Stage Two, pupils study ‘Health and Well-being’ at an increasingly more complex level, appropriate to their age, covering issues around ‘balanced’ healthy lifestyles, appropriate use of drugs, staying safe in the environments that they find themselves as their independence increases, making informed choices and managing feelings, risks and pressures as they grow and change. In ‘Relationships’, they explore concepts around recognising and responding to their own and other’s feelings, building positive relationships and dealing with negative relationships at a deeper level. Concepts of trust, confidentiality, and challenging stereotypes are addressed. When studying ‘Living in the Wider World’ pupils develop a greater depth of understanding of concepts including diversity, sustainability, human rights and managing money.

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Northway Primary School

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L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

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