Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), SRE and P4C

Pupil participation is integral to our school’s vision and ethos; there are clear structures in place to capture pupils’ voice and pupils have a range of opportunities to influence decisions which affect them. Our You, Me and PSHE Scheme and our MindMate Champion lessons are integral to our curriculum. PSHE is treated as a core subject in our school due to the context of our children and their needs and it is taught weekly. We use our curriculum to enable our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.


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The Aims of our PSHE Curriculum

  • For all pupils to have the opportunity to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
  • For all pupils to develop the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
  • For all pupils to have the opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem and empathy.

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The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this, they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing and it will give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At Kippax Ash Tree, we use the (Islington) You, Me and PSHE Scheme to teach PSHE. The scheme provides a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum which meets the statutory requirements for SRE. You can find each year groups PSHE units on their year group page. The scheme is divided in to several units:

• Sex and relationship education (SRE)
• Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)
• Physical health and well being
• Mental health and emotional wellbeing
• Keeping safe and managing risk
• Careers, financial capability & economic wellbeing
• Identity, society and equality

We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Kippax Ash Tree. Our PSHE curriculum is enhanced with MindMate Champions lessons. These lessons are divided in to units and they have been linked to our current PSHE unit themes. The following themes are taught across Key Stage 1 and 2:

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• Feeling good and being me
• Friends and family
• Life changes
• Strong Emotions
• Being the same and being different
• Solving Problems


Within each strand, there are age appropriate topics for the different year groups. One topic per half term is taught to each year group (SRE is taught over a whole term in Y2, 4 and 6). Each topic consists of three lessons per half term and teachers are expected to teach a minimum of three lessons in each half term. Each PSHE lesson includes an overall learning intention and specific learning outcomes (based on knowledge and understanding, skills and the development of attitudes). Assessment has been included as an integral part of each topic. At the beginning of the topic pupils complete a pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made. Pupils also complete a self-reflection sheet at the end of each topic; to encourage self-evaluation and reflection on learning within the topic as a whole unit of work.

We encourage our children to take part in a range of practical roles and activities that promote active citizenship: Pupil Parliament, Take Over Team, Pupil Leadership Team, reading buddies and engagement in school and local events. Children have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, firefighters, police officers, librarians, sports coaches, secondary school pupils, artists, authors and representatives from the local church. We participate in and promote National events such as Democracy Week, Anti-Bullying Week and Internet Safety Week.


Philosophy For Children (P4C)

Alongside the PSHE and MindMate Champion Lessons, our SMSC curriculum is enhanced with Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C is a teaching methodology that helps develop pupils’ critical thinking and enables them to engage with quite complex global issues.


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Our intent is to use P4C to promote a forum for open dialogue in which children ask questions, sift arguments, explore alternatives and above all, they try to understand each other. It is an opportunity for philosophical thinking, which can be transferred in to any subject in the curriculum. Through P4C sessions we intend children to be challenged to think independently in collaborative classroom communities. Teachers will make classroom talk more memorable through philosophy. Children will demonstrate they have improved reasoning ability. Children will demonstrate that they can support their views with reasons and there will be improvements in pupil’s communication skills, confidence and concentration.


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Sexual Relationship Education (SRE)

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is an integral part of personal, social and health education (PSHE) and ensures that pupils receive the appropriate information, develop skills and explore attitudes at the time when they are able to best respond in order to grow in confidence with their bodies and their relationships. At Kippax Ash Tree, we follow the You, Me and PSHE Primary Scheme of Work. SRE outcomes will also be addressed in other parts of the wider and national curriculum. For example, national curriculum science outcomes include naming body parts, understanding the human life cycle and human reproduction, and religious education includes work on families and values. Effective SRE is integrated across the curriculum but it is also important to deliver some identified SRE lessons so that pupils can learn about the human life cycle in the context of learning about themselves and their relationships. Our comprehensive SRE programme ensures we meet all the SRE statutory requirements. It is important that the content within the programme is age appropriate for pupils and that this is developed and built on as the pupils move up through the school. 

Our new RSE Policy can be found on our Policies website page. 

Please find our school's PSHE Curriculum Statement of Intent below and PSHE units of work.