Curriculum Design at St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy

Curriculum Area: PSHE and RSE

PSHE and RSE Primary Leaders: Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Kohler

PSHE and RSE Supporting Leader: Mrs. Waterworth

Curriculum Link Governor: Mrs. Walder


Our PSHE curriculum aims to motivate and inspire children through a curriculum that engages and challenges all learners. This aims to meet pupils’ needs, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of adult life. It is designed to enable children to express their emotions, needs and aspirations through a rich vocabulary. Our PSHE curriculum prepares our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a diverse society. The curriculum we have designed supports the children at St Wilfrid’s to tackle the many social, moral and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Children are encouraged to have a positive mental well-being and understand their self-worth in their role at home, school and wider community.

Our Christian Values and Distinctiveness, alongside our School Mission Statement of ‘Achieve, Believe and Care’, are at the heart of our ‘literacy-rich’ curriculum and all that we do at St. Wilfrid’s.


Our PSHE curriculum is inclusive and supports the delivery of our broad and balanced curriculum. The PSHE learning objectives are taught based on the three core themes: 'Relationships', 'Health and Wellbeing' and 'Living in the Wider World'.

At St Wilfrid’s we have shaped our own curriculum to ensure our children have an opportunity 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. PSHE is taught discretely and within the wider curriculum. The statutory 'Relationships, Sex and Health Education' curriculum is effectively delivered by teaching staff and external agencies within PSHE lessons, alongside other subjects including Science, PE and Religious Education. Themed days and weeks are planned in areas such as online-safety and mental wellbeing to enhance our curriculum offer. 

A series of stimulating PSHE lessons are planned to enhance their knowledge and increase their vocabulary within each unit. These lessons include a wide range of activities and realistic experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and the community. Our children take ownership of their understanding of each lesson by reflecting and expressing their ideas within their own individual workbook, using appropriate rich vocabulary. We use a variety of resources to support us in the delivery of our curriculum, including Coram Life Education SCARF. In Key Stage 1, we aim to deliver a spiral curriculum allowing children to revisit and consolidate their knowledge, understanding and language associated with relationships, emotions and health. In Key Stage 2, we deliver units of work, with each one based one of the core themes: 'Relationships', 'Health and Wellbeing' and 'Living in the Wider World'.

Our curriculum has been designed to include opportunities to link Fundamental British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain. The children learn key vocabulary and develop a deep knowledge within the PSHE curriculum that can be applied across the wider curriculum. In doing so, they reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the issues that are part of growing up as they develop into a reflective and responsible citizen.


Our well-planned PSHE curriculum ensures that children develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to navigate themselves through modern life and become positive role models and effective global citizens. Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.

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