Personal, social and emotional health

We are aspiring healthy, mindful and confident citizens! 

At Southville Primary School PSHE Education includes Relationship Education and Health Education but will be referred to as ‘PSHE’ for the purposes of this subject rationale.

At Southville Primary school, we aspire to be confident, healthy and emotionally well adapted. Our PSHE curriculum will help give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. We will enable children to take part in a wide range of experiences across and beyond the curriculum, in lessons, assemblies, through visits and other activities, contributing to the life of their school and communities.   We will help them to value themselves and others, building positive relationships, enabling them to become healthy and fulfilled individuals, active in their local community. We aim to prepare the children both physically and mentally, for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We will do this by:

  • Ensuring the well-being and views of every individual is valued by establishing clear and agreed positive ground rules in class where each child will feel safe to share their thoughts and feelings. 
  • Introducing our children to the growth mindset through lessons and assemblies which will help them develop the emotional skills and resilience needed to thrive in their future endeavours.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles by teaching about them in lessons and engaging the children in weekly healthy and active assemblies where physical achievements will be celebrated.
  • Providing the children with daily healthy snacks and school meals in accordance with the DfE schools foods standards. 
  • Encouraging respect and tolerance towards themselves and others by modelling this daily as staff and by building on our Jigsaw PSHE program taught in discrete weekly PSHE curriculum time, as well as in other lessons such as PE.
  • Teaching them a thorough program of Relationships Education and Health Education through regular PSHE lessons, giving them the knowledge and understanding to help them value themselves and others and form positive relationships. 
  • Offering them a high quality RSE programme tailored to the age, physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. [Footnote 1]
  • Developing their skills to make informed choices and decisions by giving them opportunities to take part in pupil voice activities regularly such as school’s council meetings and pupil voice surveys.
  • Offering them the chance to be active citizens within the local community by weaving activities into our immersive learning curriculum which require them to learn about and engage with their local community and the wider global community.
  • Providing opportunities to challenge stereotypes and build personal aspirations by meeting high achieving people in a variety of professions through class visits, assemblies and workshops.


[1] Statutory Relationships and Health Education

“The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education…They also make Health Education compulsory in all schools except independent schools.”

DfE Guidance p.8