Our PHSE Intent

At Holly Park School, PSHE enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of 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. 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.

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to stay healthy  and safe now and prepare for their futures. PHSE is a spiral curriculum – build on learning year on year​. 

Our PHSE curriculum Holly Park PSHE Curriculum Map 

Our PHSE curriculum strategy PSHE Strategy

PHSE golden threads PHSE Golden Threads Knowledge overview

Some examples of our PHSE  learning organisers:

Here is a briefing sheet for parents: PHSE for parents

PHSE includes:

  • Relationships Education  (Statutory)​
  • Health Education  (Statutory)​
  • Sex Education (Only 2-3 lessons in Year 6)
  • Economic Wellbeing
  • Being a Responsible Citizen
  • Careers

Here is more detail on each section:

Relationships Education

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Health Education

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

There are many cross-curricular links including:

  • Science – naming body parts
  • PE – health and fitness
  • Science and DT – healthy eating
  • ICT – Internet safety and harms

The framework is based on three core themes:

  • Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
  • Core Theme 2: Relationships
  • Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world

PHSE is often taught with active learning techniques:

  • Continuums
  • Drama
  • Puppets
  • Stories
  • Circle Time
  • Debates
  • Drawings/posters

At Holly Park we record our PHSE work

  • KS1 – continue to use Topic books with PSHE Learning Objective as title
  • KS2 – specific PSHE/RE book that each child takes with them through the Key Stage
  • Floor Books – to record other PSHE work

Relationships and Sex Education  (RSE)

Relationships, Health and Sex Education are an integral part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum throughout the school. We have a responsibility to prepare our pupils for life in 21st Century Britain including recognising and being able to form healthy relationships and having the skills to keep themselves safe.

These lessons will continue to reflect our school values and link with our statutory duties to actively promote British Values, comply with the Equality Act, keep our children safe and meet the changing needs of all families in our school community. These lessons also support our constant challenge to prevent bullying. We value the relationship we have with our parents and will continue to inform them with regard to our PSHE curriculum. We see these lessons as the continuation of conversations that will have started at home.

The Department for Education continues to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. The school will engage with parents (via a letter and meeting in Year 6) about the content of the sex education programme, which only happens, in Year 6. It is only the Year 6 lessons on conception and birth, which are classed as sex education and therefore separate to Relationships and Health Education.

Parents only have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education (two/three lessons in Year 6). Parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from lessons on Relationships or Health Education or the Science Curriculum which are covered in all other year groups – this includes lessons on puberty.

Attached is a briefing letter for parents: Parent Briefing sheet on Relationships and Health Ed (2)