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PSHE and RSE Yearly Overview

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PSHE and RSE in Action


PSHE stands for personal, social, health and economic.

Hormead School’s PSHE curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We aim to help our children to understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle 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. 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.


At Hormead School, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice and it is every staff member’s responsibility to do this by being a role model and having high expectations of all pupils.
The delivered curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils and is tailored specifically to support and develop their understanding and skills. Teachers use the PSHE programme KAPOW alongside responding the changing and developing needs of the children in school, to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
At Hormead School we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly; although there will also be opportunity to make cross curricular links and these opportunities should not be missed. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of the PSHE scheme of work. There are always occasions where staff may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue which has arisen in their own class.
At the heart of our PSHE teaching we have a commitment to promoting and enhancing our core Christian values of:

PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.
PSHE is an important part of our school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.


All pupils are supported to access the PSHE curriculum for their age and stage. Within whole-class and group sessions, all children are supported in a number of ways to access the learning successfully. Such support may include the following: peer reading support, use of images, word banks, pre-teaching of key vocabulary and themes, use of a range of media and varied ways of recording learning. Steps to Success are also used to ensure independent learning is organised into small manageable chunks so that all learners feel they are capable of achieving success. Teachers aim to plan interactive lessons which develop and grow through the questions that children pose and the relevance to their real-life experiences. The use of role-play and discussion is a key part of lessons so that children can freely express their opinions - those who struggle with speech and language are supported through use of resources and scaffolding.

Assessing Impact

Assessment is as central to effective teaching and learning in PSHE education as it is in any other subject. 
Effective use of assessment allows pupils and teachers to reflect on the learning that has taken place, increases motivation for learning and helps to demonstrate impact. To achieve this level of understanding, we use many techniques of formative assessment during and after PSHE lessons. As the principles and practices of PSHE resonate throughout the whole school curriculum and ethos, adults in school are constantly assessing children’s development. This in-depth knowledge is then used to plan future lessons for whole class, more specific and specialised group work as well as individual bespoke sessions.
Regular summative assessment of children’s knowledge and skills will also take place to enable staff to track learning and address any gaps in the children’s learning. This may be through discussion or more formal means.

Summative assessment will indicate whether a child is beginning, working within or secure in that aspect of the PSHE curriculum and will build an overall picture of that child’s attainment throughout the year.


  • Our children become more confident in themselves and are more willing to have conversations about their emotions; understanding and accepting that feeling different emotions is a natural part of life.
  • Children learn how to express themselves in a healthy way.
  • When children are unable to manage their emotions independently, they know how to access help and support.
  • Children understand and accept that people are all different and diversity is to be celebrated.
  • Our children are able to make informed choices.
  • Children feel confident and comfortable talking about their bodies; how and why they grow and change.
  • Pupils develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.
  • Children know how to stay safe both in the real and virtual world.
  • Parents welcome a partnership between home and schools which supports their children’s personal and social development, and help deal with issues of increasing complexity such as those related to mental health and staying safe, both online and offline

Relationships, Health and Sex Education

From the academic year 2020-2021, all primary schools in England must teach Relationships and Health Education (RSHE). The government has set out guidance about what they expect children to know by the time they leave primary education but it is up to schools to decide how they will teach this. 
Hormead school have chose to use the lesson plans from Kapow Primary. These lessons cover the statutory requirements and have been carefully planned to be age appropriate. They also give the opportunity for children to revisit topics in different year groups. This is important as they will learn more and see things differently as they mature.

The lessons are divided up into three overarching themes:

  • Families and relationships
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and the changing body

Below is a summary of some of the areas covered within each theme:

Families and relationships
  • How to form and maintain friendships
  • Importance of family
  • Different types of families
  • Dealing with problems in friendships
  • Online relationships, including staying safe
  • Stereotyping
Health and wellbeing
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Dental health
  • Importance of sleep
  • Medicines
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • First aid
Safety and the changing body
  • Online safety
  • Safety around adults
  • Understanding their body
  • Physical changes during puberty
  • Emotional changes during puberty
  • Asking for help when needed

The lessons will give children the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the topic. They will also be able to explore their feelings and ideas about topics and listen to the views of other people. The overall aim is for children to be able to make their informed choices and decisions.

Please see the parents guide below with more detail on how we teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education, including puberty and human reproduction, in our school. 

Relationship and Sex Education