Intent, Implementation and Impact of our PSHE Curriculum


At Hanslope Primary School, it is our intent that we incorporate PSHE (personal, social and health education) into our everyday school life; that is to say that a lot of our lessons cover many aspects of these key life skills implicitly. Wellbeing and good mental health are of paramount importance and our pupils are encouraged to share their wellbeing at regular points throughout the week. We aim to develop a climate where pupils learn to understand and monitor their own feelings as well as feel empowered to seek support should they need it. In addition to looking after their mental health, children are also taught to develop a positive growth mind-set through specific teaching in PSHE lessons and across the wider curriculum, where skills such as resilience, perseverance and independence are celebrated. In this school we are an inclusive community where all children (and adults) aim high, work to the best of their ability and develop a strong sense of self-confidence and positive wellbeing. As a school it is also imperative to support the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We believe that all stakeholders in our school uphold positive values, morals and beliefs which are in line with the core British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. A strong sense of community and the wider-world is central to our ethos and this equips children with the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, happy, full, safe and responsible lives.


Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of the subject. One PSHE lesson per week is timetabled throughout Key Stage One and Two, although teachers are able to use their judgement to adapt this as necessary. The PSHE curriculum overview is available of the school website. In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is an integral part of the topic work covered throughout the entire year; many aspects of the Early Learning Goals are steered towards children’s physical and emotional development and wellbeing. There are many other opportunities where children are involved in PSHE outside of the direct lessons, including assemblies and debates where a range of themes are covered. Some other discreet links include assemblies, visitors from different faiths and backgrounds, cross-curriculum teaching (e.g. RE and Geography), the school council, peer mediators (who act as helping hands for lunchtime supervisors) and joint activities between year groups such as our upper key-stage ‘reading buddies.’  


Monitoring and assessment is an on-going process for PSHE and wellbeing; teacher’s use their AfL (assessment for learning) as necessary, as well as logging certain group activities in a PSHE class book. As a school, we also use an online system named ‘Zumos’ to monitor children’s daily wellbeing scores. As a result of the PSHE curriculum, children at Hanslope Primary School develop a healthy growth-mind-set, self-confidence and an increased understanding of the impact that individuals’ actions can have on their own and others’ lives. Children demonstrate a progression of knowledge and skills throughout their school life which they continuously build on and embed. Children are given every opportunity to develop fundamental life-skills necessary in order to become well-rounded people in the wider-world.