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Inspire, Endeavour, Achieve


PSHE Curriculum Statement


At St Monica Primary school, our intent is that our children leave with great aspirations and the self-confidence to realise their dreams. We take a holistic approach to ensure our children become a key part of the future; as a responsible and respectful global citizen with the confidence and tools to build roles of success and influence in today’s society and the world of future generations. We wish for our children to thrive and keep themselves and others safe by being resilient, responsible and respectful. Our PSHE curriculum teaches our children to develop confidence in their own opinions and listen to those of others whilst preparing them and enabling them to be successful in our ever-changing world.


In KS1 and KS2, PSHE is taught through a comprehensive scheme of work in line with the national curriculum and set out in line with the PSHE associations guidance. Pupils are taught about their health, wellbeing, relationships and broader contemporary issues through carefully planned lessons that are adapted to meet the needs of individuals. Explicit lessons are taught in a block at the beginning of each half-term under 6 categories of which we have divided the curriculum into.

As part of the wider curriculum we teach our children about the Inspire values; Innovation, Nurture, Success, Passion, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence and encourage all children to develop a 'growth mindset'. Our staff believe in teaching children to embrace challenges, building their confidence and creating a safe and warm environment for learning. It is important for our children to take an active effort in contributing to our school’s values.

Assemblies each week further support our holistic approach of developing the whole child, encouraging a range of skills to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

Our wider curriculum also gives opportunities for children to explore current issues and discover different cultures, beliefs and values. Walking around our school, displays and resources ensure that our children are exposed to, and learn to celebrate equality and diversity. They have opportunities to discuss a wide range of beliefs, relationships and attitudes and to understand and appreciate cultural and societal diversity and inclusivity.

We have a whole school reward system that praises children for their efforts and ensures that children develop their sense of self-worth, challenge themselves and aspire to be successful, remembering that success is being the best that one can be.


Through our PSHE programme and wider teaching, children at St Monica will leave as resilient, respectful and responsible members of society. Our children will be able to apply their skills to help them successfully take on challenges that they will face in the future. The children will be equipped with understanding and methods to keep themselves safe and know who can support them when they perceive that safety to be threatened. Our children will be able to manage their emotions, develop positive and healthy relationships with others based on an understanding of mutual respect and a strong understanding of fairness, equality and diversity. We believe that our children, on leaving St Monica, are educated and equipped to become caring, respectful, responsible and confident individuals.

End of Key Stage Expectations

At the end of EYFS we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of EYFS, we want our children to be showing an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly. They will be able to set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate. The children will have focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions

At the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to have had experience learning about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences and on the early learning goals for personal, social and emotional development. The children will be able to have a set of life skills that will help them be safe, happy and active individuals. They can take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour. The children will have developed relationships through work and play including knowing social and moral dilemmas and how to resolve them.

At the end of Key stage 2 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 2 we want our children to be equipped learners to become lights within their world. They will understand healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. The children will be able to shine by being supported in making effective decisions, positive learning, career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. The children will be reflective individuals and be able to clarify their own values and attitudes. They will be able to explore the complex and conflicting range of values and attitudes encountered now and in the future. Children will have developed inter and intra personal skills allowing them to develop team work and personal skills ensuring they shine and are not hidden.

The children will be able to understand about what makes healthy relationships, including family, friends and on-line, how to recognise unhealthy behaviour in relationships and how to seek help if they feel unsafe. They will understand sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.

St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870