PSHCE (Personal, social, health, citizenship economic) Education Overview


PSHCE is an important part of the curriculum at Wyndham Primary School (from Nursery to Year 6). It supports the physical and emotional development and well-being of our pupils. We are committed to providing the highest quality PSHCE education in order to prepare all our pupils for opportunities and responsibilities of life (physically, socially and emotionally).

We have signed a school charter, in association with the PSHE Association - which, in line with the PSHE three core themes of their education programme: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; Living in the wider world, Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen -  shows we are committed to every pupil being able to say:

My PSHCE education programme…

  •          Builds on my real-life experiences
  •          Revisits themes and topics progressively challenging my thinking, beliefs and extending my learning
  •          Provides me with information that is accurate, balanced and relevant
  •          Offers a wide range of teaching styles
  •          Is teaching me knowledge, understanding, language, strategies and skills I need to manage my own life
  •          Is helping me understand what my peers really think and do
  •          Helps me recognise my progress and achievement
  •          Is part of my whole curriculum that provides planned opportunities for my personal, social, health and economic development
  •          Is located within a ‘health promoting school’
  •          Connects with my wider experience
  •          Enables me to feel safe and confident to fully engage with learning
  •          Is underpinned by a comprehensive pastoral system


Teaching of PSHCE in Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHCE is referred to as personal, social and emotional development. Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for children are based on the seven areas of learning and development. The PSED area of your child's learning is concerned with wellbeing – knowing who you are, where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social competence and a positive disposition to learn.


Teaching PSHCE in KS1and 2

Pupils have a dedicated PSHCE lesson each week. Pupils will develop their PSHCE understanding through the delivery of three core themes:



Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing

This core theme focuses on:

  1.      what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  2.      how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  3.      how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  4.      ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  5.      about managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  6.      how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  7.      how to respond in an emergency
  8.      to identify different influences on health and wellbeing

Core theme 2: Relationships

This core theme focuses on:

  1.      how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
  2.      how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  3.      how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  4.      how to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  5.      how to respect equality and diversity in relationships

Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World

This core theme focuses on:

  1.      about respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  2.      about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and as citizens
  3.      about different groups and communities
  4.      to respect diversity and equality and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  5.      about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  6.      about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
  7.      the part that money plays in people’s lives
  8.      a basic understanding of enterprise

Although PSHCE is taught as a stand-alone subject the topics covered are very much part of our children’s everyday lives. As a result, cross-curricular links are common, particularly in PE, Science, Computing and project-based learning topics.

PSHE education is delivered by school staff, our school nurse and outside providers such as NSPCC, Blue Cross and the British Red Cross.


Through the teaching of PSHCE in this way it is hoped that we offer both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness as they move through primary school. It builds on the skills that pupils acquire during EYFS to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online. PSHCE education helps pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to the wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

(For further information about our Relationships education program, please see our:

Sex, Relationships Education policy on the Curriculum section on the website)


For further information about our PSHE education programme and the resources we

use, please contact: Mrs Jo Kilner, PSHCE Subject Lead