Personal, social, health and economic education (pshe)



St Nicholas’ Curriculum Intent:

At St Nicholas we are committed to providing a curriculum for all where every child grows:

  • Academically
  • Socially
  • Morally
  • In aspiration
  • To be prepared for the next phase in their academic journey and be spiritually nourished.

To achieve excellence in all that they do in the knowledge that we love one another as God loves you.

We aim to develop the knowledge; skills and attributes children need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos and links closely to our Christian values. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.


At St Nicholas, we will use the ‘You, Me, PSHE’ scheme of work from Year 1 to Year 6. The scheme offers a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum which ensures full coverage across all ages. We have divided PSHE into six different strands:


·       Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)

·       Keeping safe and managing risk

·       Mental health and emotional wellbeing

·       Physical health and wellbeing

·       Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing

·       Identity, society and equality

How is it taught?

Within each strand, there are age appropriate topics for different year groups which we will teach based on a two-year rolling programme to meet the needs of our single and mixed aged classes. One topic per half term is taught to each class. Each topic consists of three lessons per half term, which we may choose to teach over a number of sessions and extend learning with additional content, or with increased focus on particular areas depending on the needs of their pupils.

Each PSHE lesson includes an overall learning intention and specific learning outcomes (based on knowledge and understanding, skills and the development of attitudes). The scheme of work also includes opportunities to link British Values/Virtues and SMSC into the curriculum.



In addition to the above units, we will also teach separate sessions for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) using ‘A Journey in Love’ for Reception to Year 6 and in addition ‘ All that I Am’ for Years 5 and 6. We will cover units based on the national statutory guidance. Click the link below for more detailed information.

The PSHE curriculum is also enhanced with regular assemblies and workshops with the PCSOs, Safeguarding and wellbeing weeks and work with D:Side. D:Side is a comprehensive drug and alcohol and internet safety education programme that encourages children to make positive and healthy life choices whilst promoting a pro-active attitude to life. They focus on developing the children’s knowledge, skills and attitude whilst equipping them with the appropriate life skills to successfully manage sensitive situations with peers and encourage a positive approach to life.

We are also moving towards using Zones of Regulation. The Zones is a systematic, cognitive-behavioural approach used to teach us how to regulate our feelings, energy and sensory needs in order to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially.



When children leave St Nicholas they will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Individual liberty.
  • demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
  • become healthy and responsible members of society
  • be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

At St Nicholas, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experiences and sharing good practice. We use the PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of PSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory guidance outlined in the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values and allows them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. 




Click here to find out about British Values at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.


Assessment is an integral part of each topic in ‘You, Me and PSHE’. At the beginning of the topic pupils, complete a pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made. Pupils also complete a self-reflection sheet at the end of each topic; to encourage self-evaluation and reflection on learning within the topic as a whole unit of work.

Year group floor books are used to keep a record of some of the activities covered and this is passed through school with them. In addition to this we have just begun the use of pupil individual ‘Reflection Books’. These will provide a simple and clear way of assessing pupil progress. Each assessment sheet the pupils complete is to be kept in their own book. This book will also travel with pupils as they move up to the next year group and will act as a record of their learning in PSHE.

Link: SRE Curriculum outline

Link: British Values outline


Please select your chosen Key Stage

N.B. Key Stage 1 covers Years 1 and 2, Lower Key Stage 2 covers Years 3 and 4, and Upper Key Stage 2 covers Years 5 and 6.