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Clyst St Mary Primary School

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At Clyst St Mary Primary School we believe PSHE (personal, social, health and education) plays a vital part in primary education.  PSHE enables our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.  As part of a whole school approach, our aim is to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as happy, successful and productive individuals, family members and members of society.  We aim to prepare them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times (and take these management skills into adulthood).  Our intention is that PSHE will foster pupils’ wellbeing and confidence, helping them to connect their PSHE skills and understanding to all subjects and to practical, real-life situations.  We intend that our PSHE teaching and their ongoing development and understanding in PSHE will help them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.  Furthermore, we aim to 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. 




All our year groups have timetabled PSHE lessons and we use the spiral scheme of work SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship) from reception to year 6 to create our PSHE curriculum that ensures progression, development and consolidation of the knowledge, understanding and skills our pupils need.  Please see our overview of PSHE planning below.  These skills are not just taught in isolation, but across the school day in incidental opportunities to support children, in assemblies, school clubs, circle time, visits and trips, community and school events, break times and within other lessons.  Some of our key visits include CAP UK who support us by delivering regular workshops on online and personal safety.  


In our programme (planned and integrated within the school day) we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.  Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures and our citizenship lessons enable our pupils to understand the British democratic process, including how to affect peaceful changes in society.  




Through our PSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals and citizens.  Children will have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. They will be able to make sense of their own personal and social experiences and will be able to understand and manage their own feelings. 


  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law and Individual Liberty 

  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school

  • Children will demonstrate understanding of how to keep themselves healthy

  • Children will understand how to keep themselves safe at school, in the community and locality and wider world (including online)

  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with peers, both now and in the future

  • Children will understand the physical and emotional aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level

  • Children will have respect for themselves

  • Children will have positive body images


Children’s progress in PSHE is monitored through the year and these assessments are used to identify further areas of development.  PSHE assessment is measured against the pupil’s own starting points.  Children also reflect on their own PSHE learning to further their own progress and development.