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Aims and Objectives of PSHE


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. The children learn to appreciate what it can mean to be a positive member of multicultural society. 

We believe an effective PSHE curriculum has an impact on the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


The aims of Personal, Social and Health Education are to enable the children to:


  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • be aware of safety issues
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others
  • have respect for others
  • be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.
  • be prepared for, and have an appreciation of life in modern Britain


Teaching and Learning Style

We use a range of teaching and learning styles and place an emphasis on active learning by involving the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active Citizenship, e.g. charity fundraising, roles in our PTA events.  Pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts and set agreed classroom rules of behaviour. We offer children the opportunity to hear visiting speakers, such as health workers and police whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local community. 

We enhance our PSHE curriculum by including talks and workshops which are led by external experts such as Barnardos and Crucial Crew..  The focus of these sessions have included Anti-bullying, Cyber Bullying and Keeping Safe.  All sessions are planned to fit in with our PSHE curriculum or wider curriculum. The content is always discussed prior to the workshop or performance to ensure it is age appropriate and meets the needs of our children.  Parents will be informed of external visitors, workshops or performance.


PSHE Curriculum Planning

Children in each year group will cover areas such as e safety, health and diet, anti-bullying, interacting with others, feelings, concerns and aspirations, transitions and supporting charities as well as incorporating our sex and relationship education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum.

PSHE is often introduced through other subjects.  There is, for example an overlap between the programmes of study of Religious Education and PSHE

We also develop PSHE through activities and whole-school events, e.g. the school council representatives from each class meet regularly to discuss school matters. We offer residential visits to Year 5  and Year 6 children where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills, through team-building activities.

Our whole school Acts of Worship regularly encompass our whole school themes and link with the liturgical year.


Foundation Stage

We teach PSHE to children of Foundation age as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. For the Foundation children, we relate the PSHE aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). Our teaching in PSHE matches the aim of developing a child’s personal, emotional and social development as set out in the EYFS.


Holy Cross CatholicPrimary Academy

Tracyes Road, Harlow,

Essex, CM18 6JJ

01279 424452