St Joseph's Catholic Primary School



PSHE is not a statutory subject in the National Curriculum.  However, the National Curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’.

 At St Joseph’s, it is our intent that all pupils will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult within the future. We offer a nurturing and inclusive learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their individual achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.

Our PSHE curriculum  is taught alongside our RSE curriculum and it develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable children to access the wider curriculum and prepare them to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Using a growth mindset strategy, the children will become resilient, flexible learners, knowledgeable for the future. It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members of society and the global community.

We teach PSHE throughout the term and it is tailored to the needs and requirements of our school community - we adapt our curriculum to meet any specific needs. As a school, we believe that pupils are all individuals and we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring environment. and it is primarily taught through RSE lessons,( which enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives) Religious Education, Collective Worship, Science and PE but we recognise that every area of school life can contribute to PSHE as our school, in its very ethos, mission and nature, operates through positive, human relationships. All that we do adheres to the teaching of the Catholic Church, directives of the Catholic Education Service (CES), and aligns to the DfE statutory requirements (September 2020).

Our  intent for the children therefore is:

  • To fulfil the three new strands of PSHE – health and well-being, relationships and the wider world.
  • To be given the opportunities to explore and challenge a range of values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
  • To develop the “whole child’ intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually.
  • To acquire and develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them in order to help them develop as young citizens within a global community.
  • To promote mental wellbeing and empathy across the school and into the community.
  • To develop tolerant, respectful young people, prepared for their future lives.
  • To ensure all children are able to stay safe, making the correct choices about their use of technology.
  • To make informed choices with regards to diet and exercise.

To provide understanding of the diversity in our country as a whole in terms of race, religion and relationships.


EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught in line with the National Curriculum. We ensure we cover the Health and Well-Being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World Learning Opportunities set out in the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study, which comprehensively cover the statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance. 

Pupils are taught PSHE using a variety of resources these include but are not limited to Life To The Full(Ten Ten), Jigsaw, Project Evolve (on-line safety). We have a spiral, progressive scheme of work, covering all of the above and 'aims to prepare children for life, helping them to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world’. There is a strong emphasis on emotional Literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.

Along with our broad and balanced curriculum, we have a number of ‘themed weeks’ throughout the year which support the PSHE curriculum.

  • Friendship (Anti-bullying) Week
  • Black History Week
  • Care for our environment

Wider Curriculum  

  • PSHE, including SMSC and British Values (half-termly assemblies) is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is also often taught within another subject area.
  • Enhancing our Cultural Capital Visits to local museums, art galleries, theatres, taking part in Junior Citizen events
  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to our distinctive faith filled school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to put others before themselves, to work hard and to be kind.

External Visitors

  • Our PSHE curriculum is also enhanced by visitors from outside agencies:
  • Police (School Liaison officer and Mounted Branch)
  • Fire Brigade
  • School Nurse
  • Local MP
  • Transport for London
  • Natwest and Citibank 


At St Joseph’s School, we continuously assess the implementation and impact of our lessons so that all pupils ‘gain, attain and grow’ as lifelong learners and ensure that we provide the support that is necessary for all pupils to achieve whether that is in class or with additional identified support. Teachers will use various methods to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils learning to ensure that pupils make progress.

  • Continuous assessment from teachers during individual lessons, to adapt and plan for necessary changes within the scheme based on individual needs.
  • Pupil Voice surveys are used to assess knowledge of themselves as learners and be emotionally confident within the school.
  • Circle times, class assemblies and whole school worship allow opportunities to address needs as they arise.
  • Through a growth mindset approach, pupils are able to explain their learning and identify their own areas for development.
  • Book looks and learning walks are used to gain a holistic understanding of the whole child’s learning including self-confidence, as well as their ability to explain their learning.

Our school values and inclusion of safeguarding within the curriculum ensure that our children are safe and happy so that they can excel in all aspects of school life. They are provided with a chance to reflect and learn about key issues which they may face in every-day life.

  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty.
  • Children will develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.
  • Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level.
  • Children will have respect for themselves and others.
  • Children will have positive body images.
  • Children will know how to keep themselves safe physically, mentally and technologically.
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school, demonstrating positive behaviour and good attendance.

As a result of this, children at St Joseph’s will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing both personally and socially.