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PSHCE education

logoThe Poplars Curriculum PSHCE Education



We believe that PSHCE education is a vital part of primary education. In addition to discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. As a subject, pupils develop the knowledge, skills, values and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain and to become informed citizens. 

PSHCE education helps our pupils achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHCE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes — like teamwork, communication, and resilience — that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers. 

It is a subject that deals with real life issues affecting our children, families and communities. It’s concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes. As part of a whole school approach, it supports pupils to be healthy (mentally and physically); safe (online and offline) and equipped to thrive in their relationships and careers. PSHCE education has a vital part to play to enable our pupils to achieve their fullest potential, reaching beyond academic success.

The big ideas in PSHE education

  • Contributes to physical and mental health and wellbeing, encouraging individual responsibility for health.
  • Contributes to the safety and protection of our children and young people, from staying safe online to understanding risks associated with drugs and alcohol.
  • Promotes independence, resilience and responsibility — preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders.
  • Supports employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded in the workplace
  • Supports pupils to be critical consumers of information, and develops the skills to identify misleading, fake news or views on social media and elsewhere.

The big ideas in Citizenship

  • Self-confidence and a sense of agency are developed to equip pupils to face changes and challenges, such as bullying and discrimination.
  • It gives pupils a voice: in the life of our school, the community, wider society and the world.
  • Pupils make a positive contribution by developing the knowledge and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities. It prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of adult and working life and is in keeping with the school’s vision. It will hopefully enable them to ‘go out and make the world a better place.’


The Poplars Curriculum for PSHCE is based on the 'You, Me & PSHE' Scheme (Islington)                                       

You, Me, PSHE is a planning resource which supports the teaching of PSHE education in Key Stages 1 and 2. It can be used either as a complete PSHE programme, or adapted for use alongside other PSHE provision, our approach at Poplars Farm. We have chosen not to teach the sex education part of the programme.

The planning resource includes lesson plans, whole school and year group curriculum overviews, assessment activities and resources for teachers to use in lessons. The curriculum progression document enables teachers to track topics across the academic year alongside relevant learning expectations. Each topic in the resources incorporates activities to establish the starting point of learners and assess progress. The themes included are:

  • Careers

  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education

  • Financial capability and economic well being

  • Identity, society and equality

  • Keeping safe and managing risk

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing

  • Physical health and wellbeing

  • Living and growing

The PSHE Association’s subject Specialist Karen Summers states: “You, Me, PSHE "is a comprehensive and engaging planning resource which supports the teaching of PSHE education across key stages 1 and 2.The learning objectives and outcomes in each of the lesson plans are clear and precise with many opportunities for pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills.”

There are 3 broad themes: Physical and mental health, Relationships, Living in the wider world.

Please continue reading the full document here 

Please also refer to the school's policy on RSE . The policy includes the provision map and vocabulary lists for relationship education across school. It was formulated and agreed by a committee made up of governors, parents and staff and ratified by the school's governing body.

The Poplars Curriculum  incorporates the ‘C’ for citizenship into PSHE. We utilise quality resources from Young Citizens.org (Go-givers). International partnership collaboration frequently will have a PSHCE theme to projects undertaken. SEMH (Mindmate) lessons and restorative practice, such as through the Zones of Regulation are also interwoven into planning. Combined, we believe this will provide our children with the skills and understanding that they need to negotiate life successfully.


Our aim is for all our pupils to leave Poplars Farm as informed members of society, active global citizens who are aware of their Rights and responsibilities and who are driven by a strong set of human values. We want our pupils to be in the best place to lead happy, fulfilled lives, prepared to face life and work in modern Britain. Pupils are assessed by making informal judgements during each lesson and through the formal marking process following our school’s marking policy. In addition: 

  • Pupil discussions/interviews about their learning, for example through the use of learning process review sheets 

  • Images and videos of the children’s  learning

  • The class floor books 

  • Classroom display

  • Moderation within curriculum teams. For example: books, pupil interviews

  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum (tracking through OTrack) and to Parents

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