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PSHE Curriculum intent, implementation and impact statement

Curriculum Intent

At John Burns Primary School, our intent is to:

  • Provide a high-quality, broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.
  • Ensure our children have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it.
  • Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable children to make informed decisions about their safety, wellbeing, health and relationships, both now and in their future. 
  • Provide opportunities for critical thinking and resilience so that pupils make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges or new or more complex situations.
  • Equip pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the PSHE and Relationships Education National Curriculum, but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Curriculum Implementation

At John Burns Primary School:

  • In KS1 and KS2, teachers link each lesson to the relevant aspect of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education to ensure children understand how the content of the lesson links to the broader subject area.
  • The PSHE Association Programme of Study has been implemented for KS1 and KS2 and is split into 3 core themes: Living in the Wider World, Health and Well-being and Relationships (covering statutory Relationships Education guidance).
  • 1 core theme is covered each term and is subsequently split into 3 units of work. Each year group covers 3, age-appropriate, units of work each term. 
  • In addition to the statutory objectives covered in the Science National Curriculum, age-appropriate Sex Education lessons are delivered to Upper KS2 classes.
  • In the EYFS, well-planned carpet sessions and continuous provision activities enable the PSED content to be delivered.
  • Teachers make use of a wide-range of teaching approaches and resources to effectively deliver age-appropriate content to pupils.
  • Pupils develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills through a range of well-chosen activities.
  • In order to develop confident, active and informed citizens, talk is placed at the heart of PSHE lessons with pupils appropriately sharing their opinions and reflections during whole class debates and discussions.
  • Each class in KS1 and KS2 has a PSHE Floor Book. Teachers use the floor book to record a summary of each PSHE lesson and include samples of the work completed in the lesson (including photos of practical work), a blurb to contextualise the learning and evidence of pupil voice and their reflections.
  • Feedback and assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding is made through observations during lessons, verbal feedback, floor book scrutiny and pupil voice.
  • Summative judgements (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations) are recorded at the end of each unit of work for all KS1 and KS2 pupils
  • In the EYFS profile assessment, children are assessed against ELGs for Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships. This is reported to parents in end of year reports.
  • Effective CPD is available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained.
  • Opportunities for PSHE-linked visits are planned for, as well as visits from guest speakers and organisations in the local community (emergency services). This also includes themed days/events, such as Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week.   
  • Cross-curricular links are planned for and allow children to deepen their understand of PSHE across the curriculum, including using technology safely in Computing, the role of money in Maths and how key historical figures have actively brought about positive change in History lessons. 

Curriculum Impact

At John Burns Primary School, our pupils will:

  • Become confident, informed, active and responsible citizens.
  • Reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and culture issues that are part of growing up.
  • Understand and respect diversity and difference.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

Click here for more detailed information about the Relationships Education strand of the PSHE Curriculum.

Click here to open and read the PSHE Policy.