PSHCE Examples


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What is PSHCE?


At Usworth Colliery Primary, PSHCE is at the core of the curriculum. The acquisition of skills, attitudes, values and understanding is essential to ensure the entitlement of all pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural and social (SMSC) development. PSHCE lessons throughout our school enable our children to become independent thinkers who are confident to challenge the unknown and think deeply about the ‘real’ issues. They leave our school with shared values and experiences which prepares them for life in the 21st century with a particular focus on developing good mental health, emotional wellbeing and happiness.  Through an inspired love of learning, we will equip children with the correct tools to develop their own characters to be respectful, tolerant and active members of society by strengthening their life skills so that they can become citizens of the future.


Successful PSHCE education is achieved through formal and informal learning and from experiences throughout the school, including the direct and indirect teaching of the British Values. Through debate, awareness and high quality dialogue, our PSHCE curriculum will empower children to become leaders who are flexible in their thinking. As our citizens of the future, they will explore and challenge social justice and question deep rooted beliefs to create a more equal society.


Young people deserve a rich curriculum bursting with powerful knowledge that broadens their horizons and takes them beyond the ‘every day’. Therefore, pupils are encouraged to make memories by taking part in a wide range of experiences across and beyond the curriculum contributing fully to the life of Usworth Colliery Primary School and the surrounding communities. In doing so they build their own self-confidence, work well with others by becoming good communicators through engaging talk and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially tackling many SMSC issues that are part of growing up. Children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective fulfilling relationships, that are an essential part of life and learning





What does a PSHCE lesson look like?


At UCPS we use the SCARF (Safety Caring Achievement Resilience Friendship) scheme of work. We decided on this scheme because it provides a whole-school approach to delivering quality PSHCE lessons that encompasses our school intent as well as promoting good behaviour, safety, achievement, wellbeing and happiness. It is mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study and meets the DoE statutory requirements for SMSC, the British Values and more recently the statutory Relationship and Sex Education.  As a staff, we believe that this scheme will equip our children with the skills to become respectful, tolerant and active members of society who will be able to spot risky behaviours and have the confidence and flexibility in their thinking to challenge social justice and the cultural capital. The PSHCE long term plan clearly shows which year groups are dedicated which areas of learning (where appropriate) and the progression of subjects from EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


As you walk around Usworth Colliery, you may not see a PSHCE lesson being taught in the traditional way. As a staff, we understand that PSHCE needs to be taught at the point of learning and that opportunities to discuss PSHCE can arise at any point during the school day. PSHCE is taught discretely through and in other subjects and curriculum areas; through pastoral care and guidance carried out by the class teacher or the THRIVE behaviour team; in dedicated PSHCE activities and school events or through assemblies (whole school, class or key stage).


PSHCE in the Early Years Foundation Stage


In EYFS, children are taught PSED (Personal Social and Emotional Development) through adult interaction and modelling. Through continuous provision they are allowed the freedom to explore and manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self and well-being, and through this develop their confidence in their own abilities. Through role-play, they learn about how to be a good friend and how to look after and care for their whole bodies, physically, mentally and emotionally.




Relationship and Sex Education: Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education - GOV.UK (


Relationship and Sex Education FAQs: Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs - GOV.UK (


EYFS Development Matters: Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (


British Values and SMSC: Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC - GOV.UK (





Example lessons from SCARF