Preston Park Primary

Personal, social and health education

Why PSHE matters to us at Preston Park

At Preston Park, we believe in an education that provides pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding across the whole curriculum enabling them to leave us prepared for their future adult life. We provide a curriculum that is stimulating, relevant and memorable.

PSHE covers aspects of a child’s life which are real and meaningful to them and supports them in achieving their future goals and aspirations.

In teaching PSHE we want our pupils to:

  • allow pupils to have a voice on topics which are important to them and to be able to share these in a safe environment;
  • develop their understanding of human nature and human interactions;
  • grow and cultivate healthy, positive and respectful relationships with others;
  • enable all pupils to have the knowledge, skills and attributes to lead confident, healthy and independent lives;
  • be prepared for life and work in modern Britain;

What’s in it for me?      

A key area of PSHE is the development of pupil aspirations and goal setting, identifying individual strengths and talents, and reflecting on areas for personal development in a safe environment. Through our PSHE lessons, pupils are able to explore questions about themselves and develop knowledge to keep them safe in a range of contexts. These include: personal safety, online safety, physical safety and mental safety. Pupils will recognise what constitutes a healthy relationship and be signposted to where to seek help.

The six core values which are integral to our vision at Preston Park (resilience, responsibility, reflective, reciprocity, respectful and resourcefulness) are interwoven in every PSHE lesson taught in the school. Pupils learn from each other, sharing their ideas and understanding, and demonstrate positive relationships and interactions with their peers through carefully designed tasks. We want every child to leave us fully equipped for the journey ahead and through their PSHE lessons, we support pupils in becoming:







A self-directed learner

A communicator

Information and media literate

Emotionally intelligent

An innovator

A problem-solver

Financially and economically literate

Globally aware

Civically engaged

A collaborator

A critical thinker

A creative thinker

PSHE enables pupils to see beyond the classroom and understand their role as global citizens in the 21st century.

The children will find the answers to questions such as:

  • What do I want for my future?
  • What makes me special and unique?
  • How can I be the best version of me?

How we teach PSHE effectively

We have developed a personalised curriculum for our pupils, written and developed by our staff to ensure that the needs of our pupils are being met, taking into consideration an awareness of local and global issues.

Pupils are provided with opportunities to reflect on their own growth as well as their personal and social development, and are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth through playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Over the course of the academic year, pupils are taught through themed curriculum areas, with each year group building on prior knowledge. This enables all pupils to develop their PSHE skills and understanding at a level suitable for their age and developing needs.

As well as our weekly discrete lessons, PSHE is embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-today life of the school through aspects including:

Lessons may include discussions, videos or giving pupils the opportunity to share their personal experiences. Where relevant, external visitors may be used as well as school trips to support the learning which occurs in class.

Our Relationships Education Curriculum     

In September 2020, the teaching of Relationships Education will become a compulsory part of the PSHE curriculum. Although Relationships Education has always been taught as part of our PSHE lessons, this will ensure that there is greater consistency in schools across the country in the content.

Relationships education, especially, enables all pupils to be happy, safe and confident. It is vital that pupils are taught what makes a healthy relationship (in all forms) and what to do if they are not happy about something in a relationship.

Pupils understand how they should be treated and also how to treat others, in increasingly wider social contexts. Relationships Education also helps pupils to identify and respect differences in others as well as recognising that everyone has a part to play in the world.

Below is an overview of the Relationships coverage across the school:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Identity and Diversity


Rights and responsibilities


People who look after us & how to make an emergency call


Ways we are unique and ways we are the same






Community & team work


Similarities and differences








Evolving Societies



Our Values


Traditions and cultures


Identifying feelings, feeling angry


Healthy Relationships [how to stay safe from sexual abuse]


Human Spirit


Peer Pressure


Living in Britain


Balanced and happy friendships


Unhealthy relationships [identifying different forms of abuse]


Consequences of our actions

Human Rights



British Values and identities in society


Anti-social behaviour


Gangs and knife crime






Different types of family

Human Impact on the World



Voluntary groups and pressure group


Current affairs




Gender identity and sexual orientation


Catching a Star




Exercise and hygiene




Harmful household products




How our feelings affect others



Our community



Spreading and controlling disease


Getting older


Managing feelings


Independence and opportunities




Constructive feedback





Making informed decisions


Balanced lifestyle and diet


How actions affect others





Tragedy and Glory



Understanding my emotions


Importance of exercise on our brains




Germs and infections





Pursuit of Happiness


Emergencies and calling for help

First aid

Fair trade


Media literate

Personal Strength



Puberty and changes


Legal and illegal drugs

The story behind the photo

Loss, separation & bereavement



Protecting Our Oceans



The body parts




Road safety and safe journeys


Sharing with others




Protecting Our Earth


The body parts

[including genitalia]


Emergency services


Responsibility to keep ourselves safe


Online safety


Looking after the environment


Litter and recycling



Our Environment





Being brave


Dangers on the road



Impact of Settlements


When to ask for help and when to use resilience


Resisting peer pressure


Responsibilities at home, school and in the community

Social Justice



Online safety


Personal information


Gaining independence


Freedom and responsibilities

Law, Governance and Power



Mobile phones


The Law


Online safety


Cultural practices against British law


Gangs and knife crime


Staying Safe

Throughout the lessons, pupils are encouraged to ‘dream big’ and to aspire to be the best version of themselves that they can be. They are taught not to limit themselves to stereotypes and are shown that there are endless opportunities and possibilities available to them in the future.“Don’t just aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.”- Denzel Washington

Additional Resources

Here are some useful organisations you can use to support your child’s PSHE development at home.


Links to how to keep safe as well as First Aid tips and strategies.


A charity to support the mental well-being of young people.

A fantastic website to support all pupils to recognise bullying as well as providing tips and strategies to prevent it.

To support young people in keeping safe as pedestrians.


Fun activities, games and resources to teach children about money at home and at school.




A very useful website with information on Internet safety and how to keep an informed.