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Our PSHE education, including statutory Relationships and Health education, and non-statutory sex education, [1] as recommended by the DfE, provides a framework though which key skills, attributes and knowledge can be developed and applied. This promotes positive behaviour, good mental health and wellbeing, resilience and achievement, helping children to stay safe online, develop healthy and safe relationships, making sense of media messages, challenging extreme views and having the skills and attributes to negotiate and assert themselves now and in the future.


The school’s PSHE provision supports the school’s aims of developing confident citizens and successful learners who are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems. The social and emotional development of pupils is embedded throughout the entire school’s curriculum and culture. The school has a powerful combination of a planned thematic PSHE program, built around a spiral curriculum of recurring themes, designed to:

    1. Give pupils the knowledge and develop the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions;
    2. Encourage and support the development of social skills and social awareness;
    3. Enable pupils to make sense of their own personal and social experiences;
    4. Promote responsible attitudes towards the maintenance of good physical and mental health, supported by a safe and healthy lifestyle;
    5. Enable effective interpersonal relationships and develop a caring attitude towards others;
    6. Encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment;
    7. Help our pupils understand and manage their feelings, build resilience and be independent, curious problem solvers;
    8. Understand how society works and the laws, rights and responsibilities involved.


We know there is a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed through comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic education are critical to ensuring children are effective learners.


At Shakespeare Primary School we use SCARF, a comprehensive scheme of work for PSHE and Wellbeing education. It covers all of the DfE's new statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education, including non-statutory Sex Education, and the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study’s recommended learning opportunities, as well as contributing to different subject areas in the National Curriculum

We follow the six suggested half termly units and adapt the scheme of work where necessary to meet the local circumstances of our school, for example, we may use our local environment as the starting point for aspects of our work. The school council are also consulted as part of our planning, to ensure pupil voice in considered and fed into the planned programme.

Our PSHE subject lead, Sarah Treece-Birch, works in conjunction with teaching staff in each year group and the phase leads (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) and is responsible for ensuring that all staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver PSHE education confidently. Teachers can access a range of teaching support resources within SCARF, including guidance documents and teacher training films. Any teacher wanting further support should contact the PSHE subject lead in the first instance to discuss their training needs.

We are aware of the dynamic nature of Online Safety throughout school life. Children’s knowledge of Online Safety will be regularly assessed using the Project Evolve online safety tool. This will allow us to respond pro-actively to children’s Online Safety knowledge gaps in each year and teach lessons designed to fill them. Online Safety forms an essential aspect, not just of PSHE, but of life in general. Online Safety will be discussed in every lesson involving children’s use of the internet and Online Safety knowledge will be developed throughout the Computing and PSHE curriculum. Our PSHE curriculum (SCARF) contains many Online Safety lessons and an overview of the progression of Online Safety outcomes taught in these lessons throughout school can be accessed below.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE education is about making connections; it’s strongly linked to child-led activities, including play. PSHE is taught through activities that are part of topics, as well as on an individual basis to develop personal skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting. Positive experiences are built through daily opportunities, to share and enjoy a range of different activities. Children are given the opportunity to engage in social activities, as members of a small group or occasionally during whole-school activities.


Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

The SCARF programme divides the year into 6 themed units:

  1. Me and My Relationships: includes content on feelings, emotions, conflict resolution and friendships;
  2. Valuing Difference: a focus on respectful relationships and British values;
  3. Keeping Myself Safe: looking at keeping ourselves healthy and safe
  4. Rights and Responsibilities: learning about money, living the wider world and the environment;
  5. Being My Best: developing skills in keeping healthy, developing a growth mindset (resilience), goal-setting and achievement;
  6. Growing and Changing: finding out about the human body, the changes that take place from birth to old age and being safe.

Children are encouraged to engage in activities that promote an understanding of themselves as growing and changing individuals, and as members of a wider community, based on their own first hand experiences. These activities also encourage pupils to understand how their choices and behaviours can affect others. They are encouraged to play and learn alongside – then collaboratively with – their peers. They may use their personal and social skills to develop or extend these activities. Children are also given the opportunity to make choices about their health and environment and are encouraged to develop a caring attitude towards others.

PSHE lessons are taught by their class teacher once a week in their timetabled PSHE lesson, throughout the whole year in their usual classes, in mixed sex groupings, using a range of interactive teaching methods, e.g. films, songs, stories online games, and drama techniques.

To ensure that children feel comfortable to learn about a range of topics, we create a safe learning environment using a group agreement at the beginning of lessons or topics. The teachers will also use a range of skills, including distancing techniques and the anonymous question box. Teachers will answer children’s questions factually and honestly in an age appropriate way and respond to any disclosures following the schools safeguarding procedures/child protection policy.


Support is provided to children experiencing difficulties on a one-to-one basis, via our Family Support Lead, Lucy McGough.  Relevant leaflets, websites and posters can be found on display referring pupils to sources of help and advice, alongside suitable books which can be found in the library.

Information for parents/carers about our PSHE/RSE curriculum.


Class teachers follow the suggested six half termly units provided by SCARF for each year. Lessons can be a weekly standalone PSHE lesson or be cross curricular. The lesson plans list the specific learning objectives for each lesson and provide support for how to teach the lessons; class teachers and our PSHE lead often discuss this on an informal basis.

We have chosen SCARF as our PSHE resource because the lessons build upon children’s prior learning; we have assessed the content and feel that it is relevant and sensitive to the needs of the children. There is planned progression across the SCARF scheme of work, so that children are increasingly and appropriately challenged as they move up through the school. Assessment is completed by the class teacher using the SCARF Summative Assessment ‘I can…’ statements, alongside the lesson plan learning outcomes to demonstrate progression of both skills and knowledge.

Cross curricular PSHE:

E.g.    Science:       Sex Education, Drugs Education, healthy eating.

          Geography:  Diversity of cultures and communities.

          History:       How societies have changed and developed over time.

          R.E:            Cultural beliefs of different communities.

          Music:         From different cultures; its use as expression of self.

          Art:             As above.

          P.E:             Bodily development, personal expression, and keeping healthy

                             through regular exercise.

          Literacy:      Coverage of a variety of subjects within texts explored.

          Computing:  Online safety (see outcomes document above).

We have had some lovely PSHE lessons this year. Please take a look at our portfolio 😊

We have had another amazing year at Shakespeare. Please take a look at our SMSC portfolio

Year 2 have been giving each other clear instructions and positive feedback. They had to guide their partner around the playground with their eyes covered!

Year 6 - Outdoor classroom PSHE learning day. In order to feel positive about our transition to high school, year 6 have been talking positively about themselves. Part of the positive mindset, is to be in a relaxed, calm environment.

Year 2 have been thinking about what makes them unique!

Celebrating British values by receiving and running with the Commonwealth Games baton. The whole school came out to touch and get a glimpse of the relay baton going around Lancashire. We can't wait to celebrate with our British athletes later in the year.

Year 1 have been learning how to work as part of a team, by successfully completing large jigsaws in small groups. .

⚠⚠⚠ STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK! ⚠⚠⚠ During our trip to the park, Class R put into practise everything we have learned about crossing the road safely. Great job children!

Year 3 have been learning all about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy. We loved meeting Harold and Karen from the life bus.

Year 2 have been thinking all about feelings. We enjoyed our visit from the 'Life Bus!'

EYFS- Celebrating Baba Marta- The Bulgarian festival of Grandmother March. Baba Marta is the name of a mythical figure who brings with her the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring. Her holiday of the same name is celebrated in Bulgaria on March 1.Luiza came to school with a Martenitsi bracelet on. The colour red represents health and the colour white represents strength and happiness. We made our own bracelets. When you see the first sign of spring- a bud on a tree or a new flower, you hang your bracelet onto it and it brings luck for new life and warmer weather.

Pictures of our Jobs Junction careers fair. We invited different businesses and workers from different jobs to discuss their careers.

Year 1 have been learning about a Bulgarian traditional holiday called Baba Marta. The children have made red and white Martenista. The red is a symbol of strength, purity and happiness. The white is a symbol of health.

Year 5 had a visit from Corey at Fleetwood Town FC. He came to talk to us about the Rainbow Laces campaign and how sport should be for everyone.

Mrs McGough came to speak to us about LGBTQ+ History Month. We shared how different all of our families are and talked about what we can do to make a difference in changing the world to be more respectful of others and accepting of diversity.

In year 6 we have focussed on all the positive physical, emotional and social aspects of our lives. We have created a feel good factor about ourselves.

'The Perfect Fit' by Naomi Jones... We absolutely adore this book in Class R! It is all about finding where 'Triangle' belongs. We have learned that you don't have to be the same as everyone else to fit in. We are all the same, but different at the same time. We can all be friends and have fun together- It can be our differences that make things more fun!

In Year 6 we have thinking about our inner and outer self.

Year 3 have discussed how we are all different and how wonderful this is, we then drew our own self portrait!

Year 2 have made a friendship web and have been speaking about how important it is to be a good friend x