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Our Curriculum

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

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Subject Leader – Miss Emery  


PSHE Long Term Plan

RSE Policy

At Whitkirk Primary School we are ambitious, resilient, healthy and understanding citizens.

Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum has been designed to support all pupils to embrace changes, question and contribute to our ever changing society, build big dreams for the future and build the confidence needed to stand up for their own rights and beliefs.  At Whitkirk, we work hard to instill resilience, determination, patience and understanding to give children the strategies to call up on when facing challenges.   

We believe that the skills taught through our PSHE programme underpin our school values and so we aim for opportunities to be embedded throughout our school day, including assemblies, class discussions and social time. We have PSHE Themed Weeks, including our ‘Best foot forward’ focus in Autumn and ‘Health and Wellbeing week’ in Summer.  

PSHE is taught throughout the school year (3 to 4 sessions throughout a half term) using the You, Me and PSHE scheme (a highly accredited scheme followed by many schools in Leeds). We also use MindMate lessons each half term to supplement our focus on mental wellbeing. This ensures all class teachers can confidently deliver high-quality and challenging content to enable progress. The effectiveness of this is evidenced through pupil voice, photographs, class and group discussion, self-reflection.   

The main aims of our PSHE curriculum are:  

  • To ensure that all pupils leave primary school with experiences and knowledge to inspire their goals for the future, so that they can contribute to our diverse society.  
  • To equip children with skills to be resilient and reflective in learning and in life. 
  • To ensure our pupils are aware of their rights, and have the language and confidence to stand up for those rights, and the rights of others.  
  • To give children information and guidance so that they can successfully seek support when needed.  
  • To enable our children to understand what makes healthy relationships, and that these look different for everyone.  

To give children the knowledge and understanding to become independent in managing their mental and physical health.  

Whitkirk Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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