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Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

What does PSHCE look like at Ormesby Primary School?

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) plays a vital role in children’s development. It builds self-esteem and supports them in developing positive and healthy relationships with others. Pupils are nurtured, challenged and supported in developing their understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for all, in accordance with the British values our school upholds. PSHCE equips our pupils with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled, responsible and kinder lives. Children are encouraged to be enterprising and our PSHCE curriculum supports them in making effective transitions in their lives at school and in the years beyond. We lay the foundations that prepare pupils for managing aspects of life, such as career choices, finances and responsibilities. PSHCE also enables our children to reflect on and clarify their own values, beliefs and attitudes, whilst exploring the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values, beliefs and attitudes they may encounter now, and in the future.

How do we teach P.S.H.C.E at Ormesby Primary School?

At Ormesby Primary School, PSHCE is organised and delivered in the following ways:

  • Discrete lessons as part of an individual unit of work
  • Within cross-curricular teaching or topic work
  • Through regular pastoral work (such as circle time, or within group or class discussions) and being a part of a class and wider school community
  • Explored within Ormesby Primary School’s assembly themes
  • Through the planned use of stories that carry meaning or prompt deeper discussion
  • Through planned visits from organisations/individual speakers with appropriate expertise and experience
  • Via interactive teaching and learning methods, incorporating a range of resources, such as ICT, puppets and drama activities. Where possible, teachers link learning to ‘real life’ stories or experiences
  • Through pupils involvement in their school community, including learning about and supporting chosen charities.

PSHCE topics are usually taught within class groups. However, staff are mindful of the issues that may be raised and will sensitively adapt their approach when appropriate. Teachers track children’s progress against the National Curriculum objectives for PSHCE. This information informs future planning for learning and supports staff in identifying children requiring support or further challenge to deepen their understanding.

What is the impact of PSHCE at Ormesby Primary School?

Through quality teaching and learning and being part of our school community, our pupils will:

  • Have an understanding of practices and routines that contribute to emotional, mental and physical health.
  • Understand and appreciate diversity within society, developing attitudes of respect and consideration for others feelings, beliefs and values.
  • Understand how they can keep themselves and others safe, both in their physical environment and online.
  • Develop self-esteem and view themselves and their unique talents in a positive light.
  • Have resilience and be able to persevere when faced with a challenge
  • Feel confident to ask for appropriate support for themselves and others and know how to access this.
  • Understand that their words and actions impact others and develop a sense of responsibility towards themselves, others and their wider community and environment.
  • Increase their independence as they mature and ultimately take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Develop the personal and social skills required to play a positive role in society
  • Develop an understanding of physical changes and what this may mean for themselves and others as they mature.
  • Develop skills and understanding that will contribute to their future roles in society, be that a parent or family member, an employer or an employee, a mentor or friend.

New Relationships Sex & Health Education Framework

In response to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance on Health Education (HE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in 2019 & 2020, Ironstone Academy Trust developed a new framework for the teaching and learning of RSHE. These changes have allowed us to develop a framework that covers key content and complements wider PSHCE learning.

Ormesby Primary School use the FPA interactive resource, Yasmine and Tom, to support children’s learning in RSHE.

Please click the link below to view content taught within each year group.

PSHCE and RSHE Curriculum Overview

Parents can find further information on the Department for Education’s requirements for Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education by clicking the link below.

Ironstone Academy Trust Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy
Understanding RSHE in Primary Schools: A Guide for Parents


Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The Personal, Social and Emotional Development and the People and Communities strands inform the teaching and learning that will be the foundation for children’s future development in PSHCE. Reception classes will also cover key content for their age group within the above PSHCE framework.

Click the links below to see what is covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage

At Ormesby Primary School, our aim is to work closely with families to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. Should parents or carers have questions regarding the PSHCE curriculum, please contact Ms Tokarski on 01642 314430, or via email at turtles@ormesby.org.uk.

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