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The documents below outline Grove Road’s holistic approach to teaching PSHE, in a safe environment underpinned by the National Curriculum expectations. This document will outline the key concepts and themes we teach here at Grove Road and how we ensure that the pupils develop life skills preparing them for the future.

Purpose of study:

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum. Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

(National Curriculum, 2020)

At Grove, we achieve this by following the scheme, SCARF; which allows a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing. Our school vision is to maximise the potential of all our children by providing an excellent learning environment that is at the heart of the local community and our PSHE teaching develops and embeds the skills the children need to achieve this.

Intent Statement

Our PSHE Curriculum aims to develop learning which results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable children to access the wider curriculum. With the intent to prepare children to become healthy, independent and responsible citizens now and in their future roles within their community.

To meet the National Curriculum needs, we provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Primary schools are strongly encouraged and enabled to cover LGBTQ+ content when teaching about different types of families, this is done through both lessons and themed book weeks.

At Grove, we aim to deliver our PSHE curriculum so that it dovetails with real life issues, global contexts and local celebrations, as and when they arise. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum and guidance, to cover areas such as:  drugs education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

As a result, the skills and attributes acquired through the quality of PSHE education allow children to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.

Intended Impact

During the children’s learning journey at Grove Road, our intended impact of the PSHE Curriculum is to ensure that children:

  • Have a greater understanding and apply the 5 British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Liberty. 
  • Are able to talk confidently about how to keep themselves safe both in and around school as well as in the local community.
  • Are able to articulate their feelings and reflect on their emotions and actions positively. Whilst using transferable skills- preparing them to meet unknown situations with confidence.
  • Will demonstrate a resilient and healthy attitude towards school by demonstrating pro-social behaviours.
  • Become involved in their immediate community and be responsible members of society, e.g. whilst on school trips, communicating with residents in the local area, carol concerts, summer fairs etc.Grow in their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and be prepared for their journey after Grove Road Primary school.

Pupil Views

"I like learning about what's healthy for you and how to be kind to others. It helps us learn how to be kind and help each other" -  Indigo, Year 2

"It is a relaxing lesson and helps us to learn how to be calm" - Lilia, Year 2

"I think it’s a good way to learn how to communicate with each other" - Miya, Year 5

"Fun calming and peaceful lesson that I enjoy" - William, Year 4

"Helps me keep calm and understand social problems" - Isla, Year 4

"I feel relaxed when we are able to talk about all sorts of issues" - India, Year 4

"I like PSHE because you learn how to be pro-social, you learn about other people and their differences and you learn how to connect and be part of the world" - Florence, Year 3

"PSHE helps you understand and learn how to live in the real world" - Connor, Year 3

"I enjoy PSHE as you get to talk, discuss and learn about different topics and issues that are all to do with you and real life. You address different issues and talk about them which you don’t get to do in all other lessons" - Jemima, Year 6

"PSHE helps me to have a growth mindset" - Lauren, Year 4

"I find it really interesting that we get to talk about other issues apart from Maths and English" - Evie, Year 4

"PSHE helps me to learn important skills for when I grow up" - Abbie, Year 4

"PSHE is all about demonstrating prosocial behaviour, by looking out for each other and showing kindness and love.  We need to make sure we are healthy by looking after our bodies and minds" - Heidi and Louis, Year 2


Subject Documents Date  
PSHE Skills and Knowledge Progression 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download
PSHE Vocabulary Progression 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download
RSE overview for parents 2021 11th Jan 2022 Download
RSHE Policy 19th Jan 2022 Download
PSHE at Grove Road 2023 2024 13th Sep 2023 Download


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