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PSHE&C including RSHE

Saint Patrick's Catholic Primary School



'We arise today, to learn, love and grow through Jesus'.


At Saint Patrick’s, we aim to create an environment in which each individual has the opportunity to thrive supported by values of Christ firmly built into our everyday foundations. Education, welfare and wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do. Above all else, we want to foster a strong belief in all our children that they can succeed in all they do, no matter what. Working with all school parties, we wish to nurture each child’s potential and foster high aspirations. It is essential that we give them the tool kit needed to achieve their goals regardless of background or starting points.




The National Curriculum for PSHE&C expect schools to use their PSHE education programme to:

  • equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk;
  • equip pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions;
  • build on drug education;
  • build on financial education;
  • deliver Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE);
  • highlight the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.


Saint Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is committed to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of our pupils. We believe PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) to be an essential element in the preparation of our children for adult life.


The PSHE Curriculum provides learning opportunities and experiences which will enable pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for personal and social responsibility. In our school, we are committed to teaching PSHE in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our School’s Catholic mission embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people through an agreed approach to Relationship and Sex Education. The aim is to promote the development of the whole child, so that children can grow in virtue, wisdom and stature, understanding both the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing spiritually, as well as moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life. 


Our Curriculum Aims to: 

  • Help pupils to live and learn in a Catholic Christian environment encouraging the respect of others in our school community and the wider world;
  • Develop a sense of self-worth and a respect for the dignity of life;
  • Encourage children to communicate confidently and express their feelings appropriately;
  • Develop healthy, safer lifestyles;
  • Prepare the child for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.


At Saint Patrick’s, we use the curriculum framework from Coram life education - SCARF. The programme is a  whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship.  


The PSHE& C curriculum is centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach – promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement. The units we teach are based on six themes over the academic year:

  • Me and My Relationships;
  • Valuing Differences;
  • Keeping Myself Safe;
  • Rights and Respect;
  • Being My Best;
  • Growing and Changing.


At Saint Patrick’s, the PSHE&C curriculum promotes a positive ethos and values cross the school community, contributing significantly to British Values education, both explicitly and implicitly. The focus across the three themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World foster and develop children’s responsibility for their own actions; respect for the actions and beliefs of others; an understanding of how each individual is protected by the rule of law; and how everyone can make a positive contribution to society through the democratic process.


Many lessons relate directly to one or all of the British Values’ themes of:

  • Democracy;
  • The Rule of Law;
  • Individual Liberty;
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.



Personal Development

Children develop personally at St Patrick’s by developing their own personal values and beliefs and exploring the values and beliefs of others, focus on aspect of learning including self-awareness, managing feelings and motivation.


Our curriculum covers all aspects of the PSHE curriculum by splitting the Programme into three core themes; Health and wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Through the PSHE curriculum, we expose our children to many topics that allow the children to face some situations that might appear in their life. Examples of such topics are:

  • Anti-Bullying



  • Health



  • Emotional wellbeing


  • Mental health


  • E-Safety

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  • Our School Council has elected representatives from each Year Group and who have meetings to help make wider decisions in the school.



Social Development

Children develop socially at St Patrick’s by developing personal qualities, empathy and social skills, participation, co-operating and resolving conflict skills and understanding how communities and societies function.


  • Whole school theme days focusing on various topics such as Love and Social Responsibility.



  • Supported community events such as Children in Need and NSPCC days.



  • Social opportunities including the annual Year 6 trip to Boreatton Park.



  • Opportunities to talk to people from within the local community such as Police Officers, Local Magistrates and the Fire Service.



  • Visitors from Wigan Council came to school to deliver Domestic Violence Workshops to each year group in school.



  • Time to Talk and Speech and Language interventions delivered to targeted children to help develop their social skills. All children participate in Drama Workshops to aid their public speaking.



  • At St Patrick’s, we have many Clubs running after school to allow the children to develop socially with their peers, staff and people from the wider community. Children can develop their personal qualities further within these clubs and develop co–operation and participation skills. Examples of some of the clubs we run in school are: Sports-related Clubs; Faith in Action; Calligraphy Club and Choir.



Health Development

At St Patrick’s we develop the health of our pupils by developing their knowledge through health education including how to participate in a healthy lifestyle, our own wellbeing and its importance to a healthy lifestyle as well as its link to assessing and managing risk and managing life online and forming healthy relationships.


  • Whole School Theme Days, focusing on various topics such as: mindfulness, healthy living and wellbeing.



  • HH Kids deliver sessions to KS2 pupils in school on puberty and sex education, which are delivered alongside our Science Curriculum.



  • P.E. sessions are used to discuss, where appropriate, about healthy lifestyles and how to take part in a healthy lifestyle.



  • Lessons about staying safe online (E-safety) as part of our Computing Curriculum.



Economic Development

Children develop economically at St Patrick’s by developing their knowledge of economic wellbeing, careers, enterprise education and education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk (including online).


  • Throughout the year, in Maths, we attempt to put problems into real life context (e.g. creating a shop in Reception in preparation for the topic on money).




  • Teaching about targets and goal setting by raising money for a range of worthy causes including: Comic Relief, NSPCC Number Day, Children in Need, Nugent Care and CAFOD.



  • We arrange visits, from financial experts, to help empower our children to become more financially aware.




We recognise that we have children of differing abilities in PSHE and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities by matching the challenge of the task to the child’s ability. We achieve this by:

  • Setting open-ended tasks which can have a variety of responses.
  • Providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child.
  • Using Teaching Assistants to support children individually or in groups.
  • Organising children in such a way that they receive support from their peers.



At Saint Patrick’s, we believe the welcoming, respectful environment, enriched in Catholic morals and teachings, continues to enhance the educational and pastoral experience of every individual passing through our doors, ensuring that they develop and become well-rounded individuals within the community; with the ambition to reach their potential and succeed. We recognise the unique needs of each child and support them in developing the whole child. We have a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing both their collaborative and independent skills. The impact of our PSHE Curriculum is measured in the experiences, confidence and competence of our children within the subject. We ensure children receive the experiences they require, both within and beyond the curriculum, to develop their skills and knowledge and become confident in applying taught skills.  



Through PSHE at St Patricks, our children are able to develop meaningful relationships with one another in year groups and as part of a whole school when provided with the opportunity (e.g. dinner times, whole school themed days). They are able to work independently by themselves and as groups or teams to work toward a common goal. In addition, they are able to identify risks inside and outside of schools, including ones that can be encountered online and understand how to deal with these issues.

Children learn how they can make a positive contribution to their communities and have a developed social awareness; understanding that not everyone shares the same values and beliefs as us within our school or wider community. Our children have a physical awareness, recognising that we all have our own unique differences. Furthermore, they have high values of themselves, and others, and believe in one another. Our children develop into role models and show care, positivity and love towards each other, staff and the wider community.