What are the aims of PSHE?

At Hetton Lyons Primary School we believe that PSHE is an important subject to teach, it is vital if pupils are to learn how to keep safe and healthy in an ever changing world.

By teaching PSHE we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all our pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The National Curriculum and PSHE

Whilst PSHE objectives do not directly appear in the National Curriculum, as it is a non-statutory subject, we believe the aspects covered are essential to our pupils' development. At Hetton Lyons Primary School, PSHE is therefore a central part of our curriculum and is taught weekly in all year groups.

 What skills are covered?

At Hetton Lyons Primary School PSHE lessons help develop a wide range of essential skills to support children on their journey through life enabling them to be happy, healthy and safe.

Children are taught to empathise with others, to develop and manage their own emotions and assess risks including online risks. They will also learn vital skills such as active listening, problem solving, working collaboratively and celebrating each other's achievements.

Opportunities to raise children's aspirations are planned for, they are given opportunities to work with real employers , ask them questions to find out about their roles and the skills and qualities they need to fulfill their ambitions.

 How is PHSE Taught?

We teach PHSE through a planned programme called FRIDAYS ARE... which was developed within school, built around the needs and insterests of the children, allowiong them to gain an holistic view of the world and grow into a well-rounded adult who is respectful towards others. The programme provides a clear and progressive approach building on knowledge and skills each year. The work is divided into 7 different strands:

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Health and Wellbeing (including children's mental health)

British Values

The Wider World

Raising Aspirations

Keeping Safe

National and International Events

Within each strand, are age appropriate topics for the different year groups. All strands are covered throughout every half term, long term and termly plans can be found below. 

Aims and Intent of teaching Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).

“Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.” (DfE, RSE Guidance Document). With this in mind, we aim to deliver regular teaching of RSE and PSHE so that our pupils gain a holistic view of the world they live in and they are given the opportunity to ask questions and share their opinions in a safe environment where their comments are valued.


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