At St William of York Catholic Primary School our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) curriculum is linked to our mission statement ‘Together Everyone Achieves More in Christ’. Together we will provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need to reach their potential as individuals and within our community.

Critical thinking in the context of three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships (these two strands are statutory and we refer to them as RSE), Living in the wider world prepares our children for life in modern Britain by promoting responsible, respectful active citizens who make a positive contribution to society by developing their understanding of British Values, developing their understanding of diversity, celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different characteristics as defined in law. They are all taught under the main subject of PSHE.

We will enable them to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We will build on the children’s prior learning, personal and school experiences. Develop essential skills that enable children to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare for life, such as managing our feelings developing resilience, self-esteem, risk management and teamwork. We want our children to have lots of opportunities to contribute fully to the life of their school and community, and in doing so that they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.


Our PSHE Curriculum is thematic based using 1 Decision. The ‘1 Decision’ scheme of work provides the basis of PSHE lesson content from year1 to Year 6. We choose Journey In Love to deliver RSE. Our curriculum has been designed so that children build upon knowledge over time and class teachers have carefully planned enhanced learning opportunities that respond to the children’s needs and the interests of a particular cohort.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage PSED is a prime area of learning we follow the EYFS Curriculum and PSED development matters. 1 Decision has an early year’s portal which has been created to support ‘in the moment’ planning and does not provide individual or suggested lessons. The choice of when and how to use the 1 Decision EYFS content is down to the discretion of each teacher. At St William of York Catholic Primary School PSED in the EYFS is linked to all areas of learning. Planned adult focused inputs are based around our text map and occasionally may arise spontaneously within the setting where practitioners may cease an opportunity to teach PSED in the moment.

Using 1 Decision we will provide a comprehensive and engaging PSHE curriculum which is mapped to the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 The PSHE Co-ordinator and the class teachers match the themes where possible to link to each year groups long term curriculum map. This informs the medium-term planning as to what is taught within PSHE teaching units. The short-term lesson plans have a clear theme /topic focus, outline specific learning objectives that are to be covered and suggest approved resources. In KS1 and KS2  PSHE is timetabled for 1 hour per week. Teaching and learning is differentiated within the theme that is being taught. Teachers provide a broad range of learning opportunities to engage learners such as independent tasks, paired and group activities. Lessons are multi-sensory to meet the needs of our children’s variety of learning styles. The PSHE curriculum aims to provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to lead safe, healthy, and happy lives, respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. It provides breadth and balance, is relevant and engaging and is differentiated to match needs and abilities. We encourage all pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum. Every cohort has an enhancement tracker to ensure breadth and variety of enrichments across the whole school.


We must ensure that all children progress from their individual starting points and acquire knowledge from the curriculum taught and from the skills that are fostered from their class teachers and school community. As a result of our PSHE curriculum our children are encouraged to develop academically, socially, spirituality and personally. Formative assessment at the end of every session ensures that knowledge and concepts have been grasped so the next session can build upon current knowledge and understanding by following carefully sequenced lessons. Misconceptions can be identified, and planning is then adapted accordingly. The impact of PSHE is shown through evidence of the children’s learning. Children from year 1-6 use the pupil’s record books. Effective questioning, quizzes and knowledge retrieval activities are used across the whole school. Each class also has a floor book to record children’s responses and viewpoints. Learning is captured and celebrated through displays in corridors and classrooms. We encourage our children to celebrate successes, certificates for star of the week and merit certificates are awarded by the Headteacher in his weekly key stage assemblies. Attendance awards are also given along with Values/Virtues certificates.  Behaviour for all pupils is logged using a whole school program called CPOM’s.

Summative assessment

Each foundation subject is teacher assessed against National Curriculum objective. RSE is monitored in accordance with Archdiocesan guidelines from Journey in Love. Themes are revisited each year with added skills or challenge.Monitoring of PSHE is carried out by the PSHE Co-ordinator through learning walks, book study, staff questionnaires, pupil discussions and questionnaires.Assessment activities are used for baseline and end point assessments to demonstrate individual progress and inform teaching and future planning. At St William of York Catholic Primary School, we promote respect for all and value every individual child. We acknowledge diversity within our school and local community embracing the unique characteristics which each group or individual brings to our school.

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St William of York
Catholic Primary School

St William Road Thornton L23 9XH

Martin Murphy | Headteacher

0151 924 7280

[email protected]

Mrs Middlehurst | School Business Manager

Mr C Davies | SENDCO

Together Everyone Achieves More

‘To go forward in Christ, to respect our neighbour and to always give our best.’