St Mary’s Church of England Primary School



All different - all equal
All different - all equal

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for PSHE

(Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education)


At St Mary’s CofE Primary we believe that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. When taught well, PSHE education also helps pupils to achieve their academic potential and reinforces and supports our safeguarding.


Most of PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools from September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. This includes Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2 and Health Education in both primary. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the content focusing on sex in the RSE curriculum but not the relationship elements.


The curriculum is built around 3 core themes:





Our PSHE curriculum reflects our five school values and British Values












In PSHE, children will:

·         Listen respectfully

·         Empathise

·         Collaborate

·         Co-operate

The PSHE curriculum will:

Help children to understand and develop safe and respectful relationships and to promote each child’s self-respect.












In PSHE, children will:

·         Learn to take responsibility for their health and well-being, including their online safety and finances.

·         Consider how they take responsibility for protecting the planet

The PSHE curriculum will:

Explore the importance of looking after mental and physical health. And developing a healthy lifestyle.


In PSHE, children will:

·         Imagine

·         Problem solve

·         Find patterns

·         Make careful Observations

·         Ask questions

The PSHE curriculum will:

Encourage children to think about how they feel and how they can manage their feelings.







In PSHE, children will:

·         Be resilient

·         Persevere

·         Give their best effort

The PSHE curriculum will:

Give children the opportunity to develop self-awareness


In PSHE, children will:

·         Question

·         Debate

·         Think about how they learn best

The PSHE curriculum will:

Offer opportunities to be understand how their choices can impact upon their own and others emotional and physical well being and safety and the world they live in.




Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas:

Threshold concepts for PSHE:

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence.

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community.

·         I can recognise what helps me feel good

·         I recognise things that don’t make me feel do good and could do me harm

·         I can build safe and respectful relationships.



PSHE is taught discretely in Years 1 to 6 during a fortnightly PSHE lesson. However, many elements of the PSHE curriculum are included in our daily support for children within every class e.g. managing friendship problems. It is also often supported by learning during collective worship or inviting visitors into school.

We have developed a long-term plan which uses materials produced from the PSHE Association, of which the school is a member. Short term plans are developed using a range of materials form the many charities and businesses including NSPCC; Safer Internet Day; Anti-Bullying Week and Mental Health Awareness Day. We work in association with Ipswich Town Community Trust, who deliver some of our lessons.

Zones of regulation and regulation stations are used in every class to help children to recognise how they are feeling and to develop strategies to deal with negative feelings.

Relationships and Sex education is taught to every year group and we base our planning on ‘Teaching RSE with Confidence’ material. We were an early adopter for RSE and led a working group for our MAT schools. Parents have the opportunity to view the teaching materials every year and may withdraw their child from the content exploring sex but nor the relationships and health content which is statutory.

Evidence of learning is recorded in PSHE scrap books in key stage one and in individual pupil books in key stage two.



The impact of our PSHE curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and seeing evidence in the class scrap books, on learning walls in classrooms and on displays around the school.

Teacher’s use formative assessment methods to identify children’s understanding such as KWI grids, quizzes, PNI grids and discussion. Baseline assessment strategies are used at the start of units to develop an understanding of children’s knowledge. PSHE is monitored by the subject leader each term and the outcomes inform action planning and the SDP. It closely links to safeguarding and picks up any safeguarding concerns that may be happening in the school or the community e.g. online safety issues or gangs