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Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) is taught throughout Key Stages 1 (Years 1/2) with Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) being delivered in the Foundation Stage.


The subject aims to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes pupils need to keep themselves healthy and safe as well as building resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamwork and critical thinking skills. 


All schools are expected to provide PSHE education on the curriculum and the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects become compulsory in primary schools in 2020. 


PSHE education is taught in weekly discrete lessons as well as through cross-curricular links and drop-down days such as Anti-Bullying Day/Week, Kindness Day, Children's Mental Health Week and Children In Need. 


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What does PSHE look like in our school?


Take a look at some of the work we have been doing in our PSHE sessions. 

The children have settled back into school and have enjoyed being back with their friends in the classroom. It has been so lovely to see the classrooms full of smiling faces again! 


Since being back we have shared our experiences of Lockdown and have spent time talking about the things that we have missed about not being at school and what we were looking forward to most about coming back - lots of the children said that the thing they missed most was seeing their friends and teachers. 


The children in Foundation Stage have spent lots of time talking about their feelings and have read the story 'Ruby's Worry'. We talked about what we can do if we have a worry. One of the best things we can do is talk to someone about our worry as this makes the worry smaller.


We then created Worry Dolls. Take a look at our work below. 

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Feedback from Parent/Carer Questionnaires 

As a part of your child’s education at Herringthorpe Infant School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) curriculum. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. The Department for Education has made it statutory for all schools to teach PSHE from September 2020.


Our intention was to invite parents and carers into school to showcase our PSHE curriculum, along with some of the lessons, resources and activities that we use in our teaching. This will still happen once it is safe for us to do so.


In the meantime we asked for your opinions on our PSHE curriculum via a questionnaire. We would like to thank all parents/carers who took the time to respond to the questionnaire and offered fantastic suggestions on what they would like to see taught.  Please see responses below. 

4. Please tick the themes you think will be part of the new PSHE curriculum.

Responses showed that parents identified many of the areas that will be covered in the new PSHE sessions including friendships, keeping ourselves safe and being healthy.


5. Areas that parents think should be covered within the PSHE curriculum. 

We received some fabulous feedback from parents which is detailed below with comments.


Parent Comment: Financial management

School Comment: Financial management and responsibility is a fundamental life skill and is extremely important for children. It is covered within the ‘Citizenship’ aspect of PSHE.


Parent Comment: Bullying

School Comment: Children are taught from Foundation Stage about identifying positive relationships and what to do if they encounter bullying. We also have a designated ‘drop down’ day with a focus on anti-bulling where Ann Foxley-Johnson from the Anti-Bullying Company runs assemblies and workshops for all children. Additionally we also have a dedicated team of ‘Playground Buddies’ who have been trained to identify and monitor bullying and encourage all children to be ‘up-standers’. The hard work of these children has earnt the school the Bronze Anti Bullying Award!


Parent Comment: Families – different home lives

School Comment: As part of our Relationships Education we will be helping children to understand that even though families may look different, they are still characterised by love and care.


Parent Comment: Different ethnicities, races and diversity

School comment: Diversity is taught during PSHE sessions and covers a wide range of areas such as cultural diversity, likes and dislikes and diversity within families. We are also hoping to have a ‘drop down’ Diversity Day which will celebrate diversity in our school and our local community.


Parent Comment: Mental Health

School Comment: Good News! The new PSHE curriculum content has prioritised emotional health and well-being and this is something which will be taught as part of the statutory Health Education.


Parent Comment: Gender Equality and Broader Social Bias

School Comment: As part of the statutory content we will be exploring what a stereotype is and how stereotypes can be unfair or negative. We will discuss how they can be applied to genders and how these stereotypes can be limiting and unfair but also challenged with role models and recognisable people in society.


Parent Comment: Online Safety

School Comment: We teach children how to stay safe by sharing the rules and principles of keeping safe online, how to recognise risk, harmful content and contact and how to report them.


Parent Comment: Keeping safe

School Comment: ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ is a key theme in our PSHE curriculum and is taught through our PSHE sessions. Previously Foundation Stage have also been visited by the police and the fire service. All the children are visited by Road Safety experts who come into school once a year to deliver assemblies about crossing the road safely when walking to and from school.


Parent Comment: First Aid

School Comment: Good News! The Statutory PSHE curriculum will prioritise First Aid and is included as part of the Health Education. Children will learn the concepts of basic first aid, for example dealing with common injuries and how to make a call to the emergency services.


Parent Comment: Social Etiquette and being courteous to each other.

School Comment: We encourage all children at Herringthorpe Infant school to be kind and courteous to each other. From Foundation Stage we discuss what it means to be a good friend and how we can build and nurture positive relationships; this is also taught through our Relationships Education. We have had ‘drop down’ Kindness Days which have been led by Ann Foxley- Johnson and have promoted friendship and acts of kindness in and out of school.

Unfortunately due to current circumstances we are unable to run our planned PSHE parent workshops however these will take place in the near future.  We thought it would be useful to share some examples of PSHE lessons.  These can be viewed in the links below.  


We hope this has answered some of your questions. Please contact us if you feel there is anything we have not been able to answer, or you would like more information about. 

Example Lesson Plans 

Policies relating to PSHE