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Our big idea

is to promote kindness as a standard way of communicating and caring for each other’s mental and emotional health and to value one other, our community and our planet.

Leaders - Rebecca Kearney and Rachel Calvert


Statement of Intent


What is taught?


In primary schools, PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.  There are three main aspects which include: Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


What specific skills and knowledge are taught?


Health and Well-being teaches children:

  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle

  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and well-being

  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and well-being

  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe

  • How to manage change, including puberty, transition and loss

  • How to make informed choices about health and well-being, and where to get help with this

  • How to respond in an emergency

  • To identify different influences on health and well-being

Relationships education  includes:

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of relationships, within a range of social and cultural contexts

  • How to recognise and manage emotions within relationships

  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships, including bullying and abuse

  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help

  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships

Living in the Wider World teaches pupils

  • About respect for themselves and others, and the importance of responsible actions and behaviour

  • About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens

  • About different groups and communities

  • To respect equality and diversity, and how to be a productive member of a diverse community

  • About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment

  • About where money comes from, keeping it safe, and the importance of managing it effectively

  • The part that money plays in people’s lives

  • A basic understanding of enterprise



How do we teach?


PSHE is taught weekly and can be taught in a variety of ways. We use different methods of recording, artwork, debate, discussion, acting and working outdoors as well as the use of technology. We also provide opportunities to develop new sensations and experiences for example, children get to teach a new skill; grow some food to eat; help improve the environment and volunteer in the community.


Why do we teach?


A good PSHE education will provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, nurturing and independent lives. Children are living through unique and often stressful times. PSHE lessons help to ensure children have a variety of familiar ways to care for themselves and others now and in the future. On top of this, they will explore a sense of identity in the wider world by learning about their role within and connection to it. Exploring issues of the environment, money, diversity will give the pupils greater stability when it comes to preparing for the next stages of their lives.


Since September 2020, primary schools have taught Relationships Education as part of the statutory curriculum. The children are taught to recognise different kinds of families and relationships, learn how to recognise prejudice and develop respect for themselves, their peers and their communities and well as how to be healthy.


We aim, at Poppy Road, to develop, maintain and promote a culture of kindness and support for our pupils, enabling them to feel valued in the world they find themselves living in. Through regular and good quality teaching of this subject, with lessons delivered in creative ways which include responding to children’s needs and interests, Poppy Road aims to promote kindness, a sense of belonging, valuing commitment to the community and our planet.

PSHE Long Term Plan

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development


SMSC Books at Poppy Road


The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils needs to be embedded throughout all lessons and every aspect of school life.  At Poppleton Road we gather all our evidence in the form of photos and produce a termly photo book which are available to view in the school reception area and in our school library.