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Wendell Park Primary School

Part of the
Brackenbury, Kenmont and Wendell Park



Intent (before the teaching)

At Wendell Park Primary School, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the ‘whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life.

PSHE is taught across the school from Reception - Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Cambridgeshire PSHE scheme. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.  Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever-changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching is a passionate commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners.  It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents and the local community.  We believe a collaborative culture is fundamental in enabling children to develop personally and emotionally and as young citizens of the world.

Implementation (subject in action)

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, and to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear knowledge and skills progression.  This ensures that knowledge and skills are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.  The Cambridgeshire PSHE framework directs our aim of developing the ‘whole child’ through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:

  • Myself and My Relationships
  • Citizenship
  • Healthy and Safer Lifestyles
  • Economic Wellbeing

Whilst the Cambridgeshire Framework distinguishes four separate core themes, learning from one area may be related and relevant to others.

The KS1 & KS2 children use floor books to record their responses to and progress in PSHE sessions.  These books travel with the children as they move to the next year group so they can look back at their learning and the next teacher can see the starting points.

The primary aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:

  • Accurate and relevant knowledge
  • Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives

Impact (after the teaching)

By the time children leave our school they will:

  • have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, be motivated to engage with and be resilient when faced with challenging situations
  • have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop respectful relationships

What helps us stay healthy?  What keeps us safe?  How will we grow & change?  How can we manage risk in different places?

  • have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society

What makes a community?  How can our choices make a difference to others and the environment?  How can we look after each other and the world?  What jobs to people do?

  • have a strong sense of self-awareness, interlinked with compassion for others

How do we treat each other with respect?  Who is special to us? What is the same and different about us?  How can we be a good friend?  How can friends communicate safely?

Progression of skills and knowledge

Our ‘PSHE subject progression of skills and knowledge  ‘ document gives further information about what the children are taught in this subject by year group

Progression of skills and knowledge

Long Term Plan 

Our long term plan gives a detailed overview of what children will be covering throughout each half term. 

Long term plan 

Statatory Guidance

If you would like to know more, please visit Statatory Guidance for PSHCE