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PSHE and Citizenship



Through our Mission statement we emphasise our Christian concern to treat each child as an individual, helping them to achieve their maximum potential, enabling them to make a full contribution to society and grow towards responsible adulthood. At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we recognise our responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the children in our care. The PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education  we provide is closely linked with the RE Archdiocesan Programme, Come and See. 


What is PSHE?


PSHE Education encompasses all areas designed to promote children’s personal, social and health development.  It gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, make the most of their own abilities and those of others.

Aims of PSHE at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School


Our school mission statement reflects what we hope to achieve in PSHE and Citizenship.  We want our children to develop self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence.


There are three core themes which we include in our programme of study-


 This core theme focuses on: 

  1. what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  2. how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  3. how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  4. ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe 
  5. about managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  6. how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  7. how to respond in an emergency 
  8. to identify different influences on health and wellbeing



This core theme focuses on: 

  1. how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts 
  2. how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  3. how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  4. how to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  5. how to respect equality and diversity in relationships



This core theme focuses on: 

  1. about respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  2. about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  3. about different groups and communities
  4. to respect diversity and equality and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  5. about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  6. about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively 
  7. the part that money plays in people’s lives
  8. a basic understanding of enterprise 

There are nine overarching concepts which are developed through our PSHE Curriculum-

  1. Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)
  2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)
  3. A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices) 
  4. Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world
  5. Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)
  6. Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts) 
  7. Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
  8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
  9. Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)

Curriculum Content


Our programme for PSHE and Citizenship encompasses a variety of materials for each year group with planning adapted to meet the needs of the children in those year groups. 


Within the three core themes, we cover a wide variety of aspects, which are-


-British Values

-Safety/Personal Safety

-Relationships/Sex Education


-Drug Education

-Physical Activity

-Eating and Health

-Emotional Health / Responsibility / Self Esteem




SEAL is a teaching programme (social and emotional aspects of learning) which will help the children in their personal, social and emotional development.  It will bring together work we have been teaching in our PSHE curriculum and each term we will teach a topic across the whole school. 


Also, knowledge, skills and understanding of Global Learning and Citizenship forms part of the curriculum which supports our RE programme of study, Come and See. Aspects of PSHE and Citizenship will also be covered within other subject teaching and in special awareness days and weeks.  In the Foundation Stage, the same themes are taught each year and revisited regularly, as well as following the stepping stones for the Early Learning Goals and different aspects of PSHE and Citizenship will be taught in special days/weeks.  There will be good work and celebration assemblies which celebrate and reward children from each class in terms of their consideration and citizenship towards others.

Delivery of Curriculum


A range of teaching strategies will be used as appropriate.  These will include:


Circle time, role play, discussion – whole class, small group, 1:1, workshops, visitors e.g. PC, Fire Brigade, School Health Advisor etc, stories e.g. exploring behaviour of characters, creative activities, and pupil initiated activities.


There are weekly timetabled PSHE lessons in KS1 and KS2, and specific events and activities, as well as through other subjects.  There will also be opportunities during collective worship e.g. stories and discussion, Good Work Assembly.  The whole school ethos promotes our work in PSHE and Citizenship, as set out in our Mission statement.  In the Foundation Stage it is taught throughout the whole curriculum and in circle time sessions.


Teachers will choose the method most appropriate for their whole class to meet the objectives of the lesson. The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum will be linked to our work towards the National Healthy Schools Award status.  All classes use circle time to promote and discuss issues within PSHE and Citizenship, and where appropriate we follow the Quality Circle Time model.


The elected School Council are actively involved in promoting PSHE and Citizenship issues, as are Phys Kids, Worship Warriors and our other ambassadors.

Equal Opportunities


Provision for PSHE and Citizenship is in line with all of our policies, including the Equality Policy.  All children have equal access to the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum and developmentally appropriate materials.  Delivery will be differentiated appropriately.  Resources etc. are sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of the children and will not reflect gender or cultural stereotypes, and are monitored annually to ensure that sensitivity.


Parental and Community Involvement


Parents are invited to join in events in school, including class assemblies and liturgies on relevant themes.  Parents are regularly informed of events and developments on the website, by letter and newsletter.


Working with parents is a vital part of the whole school approach to PSHE and Citizenship.  There will also be links with local businesses and councillors, as part of the work in Citizenship.  We also work closely with the local church and parish.  We involve outside agencies e.g. School Health Advisors, School Police Liaison Officer, Dental Health Advisors etc. as much as possible to deliver aspects of the curriculum.  These are highlighted in our scheme of work for PSHE and Citizenship.

Education Opportunities


Holy Cross Catholic Primary School believes that partnership with parents and the community enables us to receive specialist support and information to plan the best possible PSHE and Citizenship curriculum for our children.

PSHE- Two Monsters

Children listened the story about Two Monsters. We talked about what was similar and different. We sat with people who usually didn't play with outside and talked abilities what makes us similar and different. We discussed that similarities and differences should not lead to discrimination.

Life Changes

In PSHE the pupils have been looking at the cycle of our lives and how we change from a baby to an elderly person. We read the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and explored how your mobility, knowledge, size and sensibility changes throughout your life. We recorded this on a line graph in groups and shared our thoughts.

Global Learning

This week some teachers from Hope University came to school to teach us about gender equality. They did an assembly then came to our class where we did several activities to explore the theme in more detail.

The British Transport Police

The British Transport Police came to school on Thursday 8th February. Years 3-6 took part in workshops about road and railway safety as we know it wont be long until some of the pupils will be starting Secondary School and travelling around the city on their own. The pupils learnt lots of important information but also had fun trying on Police uniforms. 

The Rule of Law

Year 4 had a very interesting discussion about why we need rules and laws, and how they help to keep us safe. We discussed what new laws we would add. 

Show Racism the red card

As a class Year 6 read The Island, by Armin Greder and discussed the examples of discrimination that were highlighted in the book. We explored the 'Show racism the red card' campaign and designed our own red cards to help stand up to racism.

Childline Assembly

Childline came in to school to talk to the pupils about what they can do and who they can talk to if something is worrying them. They raised awareness of the Childline charity and their services available.

UNICEF Day for Change

On the 6th February the school will be taking part in activities for the UNICEF Day for Change and our school councilors discussed with their class what we could do on this day. Izabel completed the survey with the class which took everyone's ideas of changes we could make around school.

Money in everyday life

Today we learnt lots of new words related to money. As a group, we designed and presented money walls with explanations to our new vocabulary. We used words such as bank euros, bank machine and purse

New Year Resolutions- Year 1

Today Year 1 learnt the term 'New year resolution.' We talked about how many people see the new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start. The children discussed this in their partners. Some ideas included cleaning our bedroooms, practising our handwriting, helping at home and making sure that we bring our homework into school. The children recorded these on a star template.

New Resolutions- Year 4

Year 4 learnt about how New Years is celebrated around the world. We then had a discussion about New Years Resolutions. We created some goals that we would like to achieve this year. Year 4 thought and wrote down their New Years resolutions in balloons.

The PANTS Rule

Today the Year 1 children learnt the PANTS rule and that our privates are private. We designed our own pants which we will hang in our classroom along with our PANTS poster.

Equality Lessons: King & King

The children in Year 4 learnt about equality through a beautiful story about a prince who wanted to marry another prince. We discussed what marriage is and why people get married. We then created our own beautiful wedding invitations.

Anti-bullying Week

Year 4 made posters for Anti-bullying week. 

Premier League Primary Stars

The whole school had a wonderful assembly from LFC which celebrated diversity and promoted teamwork. The assembly covered many important topics such as; resilience, diversity and self-esteem. The children looked at top figures of the sporting world and discussed how they can be positive role models for them to aspire to.

Life Skills

The children in Year 4 have enjoyed their life skills sessions. The children learnt about how smoking is bad for you.

Year 5- E=Safety Poster

Year 5 have been looking at how to be safe online. The children have read two different books about being aware of who it is you are speaking to online and how it may be someone pretending to be someone else. After a class discussion, the children created their own E-safety posters to bring an awareness to others,

Road Safety

Today we attended a whole school assembly on road safety. We listened to our guest speaker talk about the rules we need to follow before we cross the road. Stop, look and listen. We also learned about the importance of wearing high visibility clothing to make sure we can be seen by drivers.

E-Safety Assembly

Anti-bullying and Using Kind Hands

British Values

Enterprise Challenge

Retreat Visit

The Rule of Law and Democracy

The pupils have been learning about the PANTS rule.


Reception watched a video about ‘Pantosaurous’ and discussed it. We talked about how our body’s belong to us and which parts of our bodies are private. Reception have been discussing ‘trust’ and what it means to trust someone. Reception know that if they have a secret which upsets them or makes them feel bad, they should tell someone they trust. We have created our own PANTS display to remind us of the rules.

School Council

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