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At St Catherine’s we believe that PSHE education is a subject through which the pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives now and in the future. It helps young children stay healthy and safe, preparing them to make the most of life and work.

During key stages 1 and 2 PSHE education offers learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness as they move through the primary phase of their lives. It builds on skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online.

PSHE education also helps pupils manage the physical and emotional changes at puberty, introduces them to the wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.

The PHSE curriculum sets out learning opportunities based on three core themes organised under subheadings as listed below:-

Core theme 1 – Health and Wellbeing

Healthy Lifestyles (physical wellbeing)

Mental Health

Ourselves, growing and changing

Keeping safe

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Core theme 2 – Relationships

Families and close positive relationships


Managing hurtful behaviour and bullying

Safe relationships

Respecting self and others

Core theme 3 – Living in the Wider World

Shared responsibilities


Media literacy and digital resilience

Economic wellbeing: Money

Economic wellbeing: Aspirations, work and career


Learning from one area may be related to others so there is extensive overlap, for example, Relationships education falls within ‘Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Relationships’ and managing risk and managing life online is integrated through all three core themes.


The curriculum is taught through day to day teaching within a school day as well as through other subject areas, e.g. Science, Maths, Physical Education, ICT, Religious Education, Relationships Education, Health Education, Literacy, Geography, History and also some parts of the curriculum may be enriched with visitors to schools, for example, school nurse, police officers, firefighters etc.

Where there may be gaps in coverage of the curriculum then discrete lessons will be taught on specific themes, for example from the theme of Living in the Wider World there may be discrete lessons taught about Money or Work and Career.

The Coram life caravan has been used in school for the children to visit and have a PSHE lesson delivered to them in a place other than the classroom  In addition teachers have had the opportunity to use schemes of work or lesson plans from Scarf materials should they need to. It is important to stress that we know that PSHE lessons should not just be a ‘one off’ and should encompass our daily teaching of the subject.

The governors at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School have adopted the 'Journey In Love' programme to support the statutory Relationships education (RE) and Relationships and sex education (RSE) across the school from Nursery to Year 6.  The programme of study is authentic to the teaching of the Catholic Church and is the recommended programme to use from Liverpool archdiocese.