PSHE in Action

Scholar Green Primary School – How do we teach PHSE, RSE, SMSC and Emotional Wellbeing?

At Scholar Green Primary School the aim of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) sessions is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child, enabling them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. To help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and 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.

We base our lessons on the scheme provided by The PSHE Association. This ensures we have full coverage of the National Curriculum expectations and we are up to date with all the latest developments and initaiatives.

Resources Archive – RSE Review | Safe RSE lessons for all children

The scheme is divided in to 3 main areas - 

Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing in Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:

  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle.
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe.
  • About managing change, such as puberty, transition and loss.
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this.
  • How to respond in an emergency.
  • To identify different influences on health and wellbeing.


 Core theme 2: Relationships in Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils are taught:

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts.
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships.
  • How to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse.
  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help.
  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships.


Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World in Key Stages 1 and 2 pupils focus on ‘economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen’ and are taught:

  • About respect for the self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.
  • About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens.
  • About different groups and communities.
  • To respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community.
  • About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
  • About where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively.
  • How money plays an important part in people’s lives
  • A basic understanding of enterprise.


RSE: (relationship & Sex Education)

To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.

High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

At Scholar Green we use the Christopher Winter Project and Medway resources, both of which are supported and recommended by the PSHE Association.


Emotional Wellbeing:

At Scholar Green Primary School, we aim to promote positive Mental Health for every member of our school community including, staff, pupils and families.  We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. 

To support this we are introducing a number of new programmes dedicated to supporting emotional wellbeing of our pupils.

Key Stage One: Zippy’s Friends

Lower Key Stage Two: Apple’s Friends

Upper Key stage Two: Passport & Smart Moves Workbooks which links with transition to high school

Zippy’s and Apple’s Friends aims to teach children how to cope with difficulties and to build resilience. It supports their coping and social skills, helps them to understand and deal with feelings, to develop good communication skills, to understand how to be a good friend, to give them strategies to deal safely with conflict and also to deal with change and loss.

Apple's Friends – building on the success of Zippy's Friends ppt download


Passport is a school based social emotional learning programme for 9 – 11 year olds.

The programme is based on the same theory as Zippy’s and Apple’s Friends – the Concept of Coping – but looks quite different.  Engaging comic strip stories following the adventures of Olya and Milo as they discover a secret world of fantastical creatures in the company of their friend, Elly the dragon.

The 17 sessions are divided into five modules which cover:

  • Emotions
  • Relationships
  • Difficult Situations
  • Fairness, Justice and What is Right
  • Change and Loss

Our Skills for Life programmes - Partnership for Chilldren


Smart Moves Workbooks supports our Year 6 pupils. It is based around The Resilience Framework and identifies key areas related to transitioning from Primary to High School including: Belonging, Learning, Coping and Core Self

Smart Moves Workbooks for schools - Boingboing


Beyond the planned programme for PSHE education, the curriculum provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, social development and economic education. These include:

  • Assemblies of Celebration
  • Circle time
  • Sports clubs and participating in inter-school and county tournaments & competitions
  • Drama and music activities and productions
  • Residential visits and day trips
  • Clubs - singing, drama, art & craft, mindfulness, first aid, yoga & active citizens
  • Social and fund raising events
  • Theme days/events, for example The Big Draw, World Book Day, Subject days
  • Mini enterprise projects
  • Charity events
  • Leadership opportunities, for example Playground Leaders, representatives on our School Council, Eco-school Council, PE & Sports Council, Safeguarding Council & Peer Mentors

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Personal social and emotional development in the EYFS. Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about 'right' and 'wrong', develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.


Special Educational Needs:

PSHE education is taught to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties.


Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development:

PSHE education gives children specific opportunities to explore the range of attitudes and values in society, and to consider the kind of society they want to live in. Through exploration and discussion of topical political, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they develop skills and attitudes that promote:

  • Empathy and a willingness to perceive and understand the interests, beliefs and viewpoints of others.
  • A willingness and ability to apply reasoning skills to problems and to value a respect for truth and evidence in forming or holding opinions.
  • A willingness and ability to participate in decision-making, to value freedom, to choose between alternatives and to value fairness as a basis for making and judging decisions.

These attributes also contribute to our understanding of British Values.

British Values - Outstanding School - North London Grammar School




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