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PSHE Curriculum Intent

At Dalestorth Primary and Nursery School, we teach PSHE by meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to deliver a high-quality education which teaches pupils to develop skills and knowledge which enable them to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in the future.


We aim to deliver quality first teaching that follows a carefully planned sequence of lessons that allow space and time to talk, reflect, share and experience life together. PSHE is taught in a safe, caring and nurturing way. Building mutual trust and respect between all within the classroom.


PSHE is taught progressively throughout the school and will cover specifics unique to our area. We want children to develop independence, resilience, respect, trust, social justice and tolerance. Teaching is designed to take account of our progression documents to ensure age appropriate content.


The curriculum will demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge and understanding to fulfil the duties of the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) whereby schools must, ‘provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.’

SMSC (Social Moral Spiritual Cultural Education)/British Values/PSHE (Personal Social Health Education)


SMSC, British Values and PSHE run through everything we teach and provide in either a direct or indirect way from lessons to assembly to behaviour, school council and whole school events. For more information on British Values, you can also visit our page on SMSC, British Values and Equality...

We hold special culture days, special weeks – such as ‘Keeping Healthy’, workshops and fundraising events, a variety of daily assemblies, visitors into school including successful past pupils who have gone onto university.  We have our ‘High 5 Manners’, Praise and rewards, behaviour and attendance policies and school and class council sessions all of which contribute to our provision of SMSC, British Values and PSHE.

In addition we also plan specific activities, lessons and assemblies that address SMSC, British Values and PSHE.

For example, we have some specific lessons on developing the central ideas of British Values prior to the delivery of our RE curriculum this year. We are holding class assemblies this year purely to develop and explore the moral aspect of SMSC.

In addition to SMSC and British Values we deliver PSHE.  In PSHE we have to cover the following themes: Citizenship, Staying Safe, E-Safety, Financial Education, Keeping Healthy, Relationships & SRE, Social Emotional & Drug Education.

To help us do this as a whole school every month we have a particular theme focus.

E.g September was Keeping Healthy

Below you can look at the document which gives the yearly overview of all the themes...

Classes have specific weekly PSHE Lessons based around the monthly theme (35-45mins long)

Each theme has particular progressive objectives for each year group.

Click on the document below to see what children should learn at particular ages in each PSHE Theme. Have a look at our curriculum map to see the overall coverage of PSHE across the school.

Anti-Bullying 2019

This year the theme of anti bullying was 'change starts with us'. As a school we spent time doing drama in classes, mapping out what we thought bullying meant to us, how we can change people's perspectives on bullying, how we could change our community by the simple choices that we make. Everybody in the school had to create a triangle to show how they would improve our school. 


During our anti bullying assembly, everybody was asked to vote on if they think we could change our school and make it a better place. 78% of the school voted an overwhelming yes.


To pledge their support for anti bullying, everybody had to draw themselves to display in the hall. Some of the children also took part in an online survey to share their views on bullying and our school.