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The Priory Primary School

The Priory Primary School

Learning Together

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Learning Together


Subject Leader  - Miss Bytheway

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At The Priory Primary School, we are dedicated to the teaching of PSHE and see it as a fundamental part of school life, which contributes to the quality of our children’s lives both within and outside of school.  PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic) education is a crucial part of a child’s education. We give pupils access to big ideas and conversations, alongside a wealth of practical experiences.


Through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to promote children’s knowledge, self-esteem, emotional well-being, and resilience, and to help them to form and maintain worthwhile and positive relationships. Children will be taught to have respect for themselves, and for others, within our local, national, and global communities.


We aim to develop key character skills, including decision-making, informed risk-taking, good communication, and self-regulation strategies. We encourage the exploration of, and respect for, values held by different cultures and groups within our local community, and promote the development of positive attitudes. We encourage honesty and respect in all relationships and nurture sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.


We aim to enable children to develop a deepening knowledge of their health and wellbeing, including their mental and physical health. We aim to equip children and young people with information, skills, and values to understand and be able to cope with the physical and emotional changes that happen during puberty. The information provided will be relevant and appropriate to the age and maturity levels of pupils.

At The Priory Primary School, we aim to prepare pupils adequately for adult life: its decisions, responsibilities, experiences, and opportunities, and to allow pupils to develop fully as emotionally mature human beings.


Curriculum Drivers

Cultural Heritage:

  • Our PSHE curriculum aims to encourage children to learn about their own and other's cultural heritage and, in doing so, develop respect and tolerance for different cultures and traditions.
  • As pupils begin to understand their cultural heritage, it contributes to their sense of belonging and purpose, which can positively impact on mental health and overall well–being.
  • Understanding that their own and others' cultural heritage carry different values and beliefs encourages pupils to make informed decisions in their personal lives and society.
  • Ultimately, we recognise that our PSHE curriculum should provide pupils with the opportunity to acquire the skills they will need in order to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
  • Where possible, we use visitors who will share personal experiences with our pupils and in doing so give them an awareness of how other people live their lives.



  • Our PSHE curriculum helps to develop self-awareness by exploring strengths, weaknesses, values, and interests. It often includes activities where pupils learn how to set realistic and achievable aspirations for themselves, whether they are academic or personal.
  • We enrich all curriculum areas, including PSHE, by introducing our children to different career options, the skills and qualifications required, and the pathways that lead to different careers. We also invite people within these careers to come into school and talk to our children about them and share experiences.
  • Our PSHE curriculum teaches pupils important life skills such as coping strategies, stress management, and problem-solving, which play an important part in pursuing and achieving their aspirations.
  • PSHE also promotes the development of positive character traits like resilience, responsibility, empathy, and perseverance, which are crucial for pursuing and achieving aspirations.


Awe and Wonder:

  • Our PSHE curriculum teaches empathy and understanding towards others. Learning about different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives can inspire awe and wonder about the richness of diversity and the interconnectedness of the world.
  • PSHE involves thought-provoking discussions that require children to think and reflect which in turn fosters a sense of wonder about the different lives that people lead.
  • Our curriculum also includes lessons on the human impact on the planet. Learning about the natural world can promote awe and wonder about the beauty and fragility of our environment.
  • Where possible, we share the life stories of individuals who have overcome challenges or have made a big impact on society, which inspires awe and wonder by showcasing the potential for change and the resilience of the human spirit.
  • Where possible, our PSHE curriculum is enhanced by hands-on experiences and experiential learning opportunities that may inspire awe and wonder.


Experiential learning:

  • Incorporating experiential learning into our PSHE curriculum makes the content more engaging, memorable, and applicable to students’ lives.
  • It allows them to actively participate in their own learning, fostering a deeper understanding of personal, social, health, and economic topics.
  • Experiential learning activities in the PSHE curriculum like role-playing and group discussions provide opportunities for pupils to reflect on their experiences, emotions, and behaviours, which promotes self-awareness and personal development.
  • Experiential learning that involves physical activities and mindfulness exercises helps pupils to develop a better understanding of their physical and emotional well-being.
  • Through PSHE pupils learn many practical life skills such as first aid, money management and

Road safety.


Language and oracy:

  • Our PSHE curriculum fosters language and oracy development by exposing pupils to a wide range of topics where new vocabulary is introduced and their meanings shared.
  • It provides many opportunities for debate and discussion where pupils learn to communicate effectively with peers and actively listen to each other.
  • Many of our PSHE topics encourage debates in class and this allows pupils to practice constructing arguments, which they learn to back up with evidence and to respond to counterarguments – which further enhances oracy skills.

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