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Personal Social Health Education


The health and wellbeing of all our pupils is important to everyone at St Mary's School. Educational research studies have demonstrated the positive impact that emotional literacy and pupil resilience have on health and wellbeing. As a result of this, these two areas have been identified as being essential elements for working towards emotional adjustments, personal wellbeing, fulfilment and interpersonal relationships. Neurological research has increasingly supported this evidence over the past twenty-five years.


"Humans learn - it is part of what it means to be human. We are learning from our first breath until our
last. And learning helps us to thrive, to grow, to flourish, it is essential to our wellbeing. Learning helps
us to achieve wellbeing and achieving wellbeing helps us to learn".


Jenny Fox Eades

'Foreward' in A Wellbeing Framework for Schools, Health Education Partnership (2012)


Our PSHE curriculum consists of three overlapping and linked core themes, and each of these has two main strands of learning:


  • Health and Wellbeing
    • Physical
    • Sex and Relationships
  • Relationships
    • Social
    • Emotional
  • Living in the Wider World
    • Economic Wellbeing
    • Being a Responsible Citizen


Core Themes

Core Theme 1:

Health and Wellbeing

Core Theme 2:


Core Theme 3:

Living in the Wider World

Strands Physical Sex & Relationships Social Emotional Economic Wellbeing Being a Responsible Citizen
Year 1 Keeping safe and healthy Growing and caring for ourselves Beginning to understand me and others Knowing what to do Learning about money Taking part and belonging
Year 2 Keeping myself healthy Differences Others and me in my class Developing confidence Keeping money safe Rights and responsibilities
Year 3 Safe and healthy at home, school and locally Valuing differences and keeping safe Supporting friends and other people More about me let's go shopping Diversity and society
Year 4 Helping others to keep safe Growing up Who are these people? Taking more control Work and money The Environment
Year 5 Drug education Changes at puberty Being strong Moving on with confidence and clarity Let's make money The media
Year 6 Safe and healthy in the future Relationships and reproduction Me and my place in the world Celebrate the past and welcome the future Money in the future Democracy and government