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At St Catherine’s we ensure that we provide a curriculum that is accessible for all children. Our aim in delivering PSHE is to provide children with a knowledge of their world locally, nationally and globally to equip them with the skills to be independent, healthy and confident members of our diverse society. We also aim to teach children how to help themselves keep safe both physically and emotionally so they have the skills which enable them to access the wider curriculum. 


By also supporting children’s social, cultural, moral and spiritual development we are enabling children to tackle issues around these themes as part of growing up. 


Furthermore we encourage the children in our care to have a sense of self worth by playing a positive role in contributing to social life and in the wider community. 




The PSHE 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


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 Reception 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. 


EYFS - In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship 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 stages 1&2


At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a scheme of work 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. PSHE is also embedded in the daily teaching within a school day as well as through the subject areas, Religious Education, Science, Maths, Physical Education, ICT, Literacy, Geography and History.


The Coram life education service is used in our school for our children which covers themes from the PSHE association scheme.  Teachers have the opportunity to use schemes of work provided by Scarf from Coram Life education and have attended a staff meeting to be shown how to navigate around the website and find the lesson plans and materials for their year group. In addition all staff members are members of the PSHE Association and can access materials from there should they need to.


As a school we recognise that PSHE lessons should not just be a ‘one off’ and should encompass our daily teaching of the subject and be embedded within our curriculum. 

Key stage and whole class assemblies always incorporate a SMSC or PSHE theme.





By the time our children leave our school they will:


• be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves successfully through modern life.


• be able to make healthy lifestyle choices.


• be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society.


• appreciate and respect difference and diversity.


• recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.


• be able to understand and manage their emotions.


• be able to look after their mental health and well-being.


• be able to develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers both now and in the future.


•  have respect for themselves and others.


•  have positive self esteem and self worth.

Progression of Skills Map