PSHCE/RHE Curriculum

Intent, Implementation and Impact


At the heart of our curriculum lie our school values (respect, responsibility, honesty and pride) and these are reflected in the daily life of school. Topics are informed by the government’s statutory guidance for RHE, and also our own children’s interests and needs, as well as the context of the local area. Our aim is that, through the teaching of PSHCE, our learners: 

  • Gain the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society
  • Have high aspirations, and a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it
  • Have an awareness, in an ever-changing world, 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
  • Acquire knowledge and skills which will enable them to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community.
  • Develop spiritually, morally, culturally, physically and mentally, preparing themselves for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.
  • Learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.


At Goat Lees, our yearly overview has been planned by the PSHCE subject lead to ensure knowledge and skills develop sequentially through the school, using the PSHE Association’s thematic spiral as a basis.

  • The curriculum is split into 6 units of work, which are designed to build upon children’s previous knowledge and skills
  • A progression in skills map has been developed for each year group to ensure the children build on and develop their skills each year
  • We are all aware of the important role the PSHCE curriculum has in supporting school to implement the 9 protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010.Although teaching the entire scope of PSHCE is not a statutory requirement for Primary Schools in England, the subject makes a vital contribution to areas which promote SMSC and British Values
  • At Goat Lees, we deliver the PSHCE curriculum through a variety of resources and timetabled lessons, tailored to meet the specific needs of the children in our school
  • The curriculum equips our children with meaningful content that places an emphasis on building resilience, nurturing both mental and physical health and communication and language skills. The use of PSHE curriculum is intended to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to make self-informed decisions
  • Each topic that is taught is recorded through the use of a reflections book, where children share their thoughts and ideas
  • Classes complete their learning in many different ways including the use of drama, circle time, discussion and some written activities
  • If occasions arise within individual classrooms where teachers feel that an extra PSHCE session may be appropriate due to a specific issue this would be encouraged


By the time the children leave Goat Lees Primary School, they should have developed:

  • The ability to recognise and apply the British Values
  • The ability to recognise, understand and manage their own emotions
  • Their understanding of who they can rely on and ask for support
  • The skills to look after their own mental health and ask for support where necessary
  • The ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • The skills to recognise differences and have an understanding of diversity.
  • The ability to apply learnt skills in real life situations
  • The skills to demonstrate self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Healthy relationships with peers and adults
  • An understanding of the physical aspects involved in the teaching of RHE at the level appropriate to them as an individual
  • The ability to show respect to themselves and others

If you would like to find out more about our areas of study, please click here for the whole school curriculum map for PE.

If you would like to see how our PSHCE lessons are sequenced throughout the school, please click here for our whole school PSHCE curriculum.

 If you would like to see how our Early Years Curriculum links to the PSHCE/RSE curriculum in years 1-6, please click here.

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