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Curriculum Documents

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St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide PSHE

Accept yourself as you are right now; an imperfect, changing, growing and worthy person' Denis Waitley

'It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are'. E.E. Cummings


Our intention is that when children leave St Marie’s, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding, skills and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief themselves and realise that anything is possible. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

Our PSHE curriculum develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.


EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance.

Pupils are taught discreet PSHE lessons once per week, however PSHE objectives are an integral part of all curriculum subjects and embedded in everyday life at St Marie’s, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. PSHE is an important part of school and class assemblies and collective worship, where spiritual and moral beliefs are nurtured.

At St Marie’s, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered through the Journey in Love Scheme approved by the Archdiocese. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships so that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.

PSHE is taught through the PSHE Association’s termly themes with each year group focusing on the same theme:

Autumn – Relationships (families and friendships, safe relationships, respecting ourselves and others.)

Spring – Living in the Wider World (belonging to a community, media literacy and digital resilience, money and work.)

Summer - Health and Well-being (physical health and mental well-being, growing and changing, keeping safe)

In KS1 and KS2, children record some work in PSHE books which are split into the three main themes. These books follow the children through the school showing progression of knowledge and skills gained.


At St Marie’s, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE lessons so that all pupils become healthy, respectful, socially and morally responsible members of society. Through our PSHE education, we believe we can enhance pupils’ education and help them to become caring, kind and confident individuals.
Teachers will use a range of methods to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils learning, to ensure that pupils make progress. The range of measures used include:

  • Continuous assessment from teachers during lessons, to adapt and plan for necessary changes within the scheme based on individual need.

  • Pupil voice

  • Circle times, class assemblies and whole school worship allow opportunities to address needs as they arise.

  • Work in books and mini assessment activities

  • Learning walks

At St Marie’s, we actively promote the nine Protected Characteristics, set out in the Equality Act 2010. These are:​

  • Age

  • Gender Reassignment

  • Disability

  • Sex

  • Marriage and Civil Partnership

  • Race

  • Religion and Belief

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Pregnancy and Maternity


At St Marie’s we are able to demonstrate that no form of discrimination is tolerated and that pupils show respect for those who share the protected characteristics.

It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people. At St Marie’s we do this by:​

  • Our school mission statement: learning through faith, love and respect

  • Our PSHE curriculum - children are given opportunities to develop age-appropriate knowledge and understanding through a well-planned and delivered curriculum.

  • Our school behaviour policy

  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community

  • Assemblies and collective worship

  • The promotion of British values in school life

  • Developing a love of reading through a range of authors and genres

  • Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach

  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary

  • Religious Education lessons – including other faiths

  • Extra-curricular activities and trips

  • Links with the local community

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