West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust



PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education.

PSHE is an important part of life at West Ewell Primary School. Through weekly discreet PSHE lessons and daily assemblies, reinforced by the ethos and values of our school, we aim to teach the skills needed for our children to be independent, confident, emotionally literate and safe individuals, both at school and beyond. PSHE education is planned and taught through a spiral curriculum, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age-appropriate contexts. The topics covered through PSHE sessions include:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Economic well-being and financial capability
  • Drugs education
  • Staying safe, including e-safety
  • Relationships and sex educationRSE
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a vital part of PSHE education. The aim of this core topic is to enable all children to recognise, understand and develop safe and positive relationships, now and in the future. This is facilitated through age-appropriate opportunities where the children build upon their life skills each year. For example, in Reception, the children will be given opportunities to learn how to take turns during play with their peers. In Year 6, the children will be given opportunities to learn about peer pressure and the associated consequences. In Key Stage 2, RSE is also linked with the Science curriculum, where children begin to learn about human and animal reproduction, as well as bodily changes and puberty.

There is no attainment target for PSHE but end of key stage statements have been developed to help teachers assess progress.

The following statements describe the types and range of performance that the majority of pupils should characteristically demonstrate by the end of the key stage, having been taught a relevant programme of PSHE. The statements are designed to help teachers’ judge levels of achievement and the extent to which their pupils are making progress.

Early Years Foundation Stage

ELG 06: Self confidence and self awareness - Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don't need help.

ELG 07: Managing feelings and behaviour Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 08: Making relationships - Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another's ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others' needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.

Key Stage 1

Children can identify and name some feelings (for example through interpreting facial expressions) and express some of their positive qualities. They can demonstrate that they can manage some feelings in a positive and effective way. They begin to share their views and opinions (for example talking about fairness). They can set themselves simple goals (for example sharing toys).

Children can make simple choices about some aspects of their health and well-being (for example by choosing between different foods and between physical activities, knowing that they need sun protection) and know what keeps them healthy (for example exercise and rest). They can explain ways of keeping clean (for example by washing their hands and keeping their hair tidy) and they can name the main parts of the body. Children can talk about the harmful aspects of some household products and medicines, and describe ways of keeping safe in familiar situations (for example knowing how and where to cross the road safely). They can explain that people grow from young to old.

Children can recognise that bullying is wrong and can list some ways to get help in dealing with it. They can recognise the effect of their behaviour on other people, and can cooperate with others (for example by playing and working with friends or classmates). They can identify and respect differences and similarities between people, and can explain different ways that family and friends should care for one another (for example telling a friend that they like them, showing concern for a family member who is unwell).

Key Stage 2

Children can demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others (for example by making positive comments about themselves and classmates). They can express their views confidently and listen to and show respect for the views of others. They can identify positive ways to face new challenges (for example the transition to secondary school). They can discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty, and can demonstrate some ways of dealing with these in a positive way. They can talk about a range of jobs, and explain how they will develop skills to work in the future. They can demonstrate how to look after and save money.

Children can make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles (for example by knowing the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise). They can identify some factors that affect emotional health and well-being (for example exercise or dealing with emotions). They can make judgements and decisions and can list some ways of resisting negative peer pressure around issues affecting their health and wellbeing. They can list the commonly available substances and drugs that are legal and illegal, and can describe some of the effects and risks of these. They can identify and explain how to manage the risks in different familiar situations (for example discussing issues connected to personal safety).

Children can explain how their actions have consequences for themselves and others. They can describe the nature and consequences of bullying, and can express ways of responding to it. They can identify different types of relationship (for example marriage or friendships), and can show ways to maintain good relationships (for example listening, supporting, caring). They can respond to, or challenge, negative behaviours such as stereotyping and aggression. They can describe some of the different beliefs and values in society, and can demonstrate respect and tolerance towards people different from themselves.