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PSHE Intent


The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child to know more, remember more and understand more about the wider world and community. At Whitefield Infant School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.                   

Links to our school values and SMSC


Our whole school values and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum (SMSC) form an integral part of our PSHE curriculum here at Whitefield.


Spiritual - Children are encouraged to reflect on the important effect that PSHE and understanding has on people. Weekly British Values assemblies commence straight away in KS1 and EYFS begin in the Autumn 2 term.


Moral – Children are encouraged to embrace other cultures within our world. In EYFS all festivals are celebrated and decorated within the continuous provision and small world areas. In the Autumn term Reception cover a 'Celebrations - Sparkle and Shine' topic to introduce children at an early age to embrace and celebrate other cultures.


Social – Children learn to work effectively with others and build good relationships. . The extra-curricular opportunities provided at Whitefield allow children opportunities to develop their social skills. The SWAT cluster links provide our children with opportunities to interact socially with children from a variety of different backgrounds.


Cultural - Children explore  many cultures/religions within our carefully sequenced, progressive curriculum.


Respect – Our carefully sequenced and cross-curricular approach to our PSHE curriculum allows learning to become meaningful. Educational visits include visits to the local church, mosque and Hindu temple in order to bring PSHE learning to life. It is essential that PSHE learning is relevant and meaningful to the children which is why we believe these visits are so important.


Kindness - Children understand that they can express their views and listen to the views of others when discussing PSHE topics. They also respect each other’s views which may differ to their own.


 Responsibility – Children understand that there are expectations that have to be followed during PSHE learning and why these are in place.


Team work – Children are given opportunities to have a say, question and be engaged in topics they want to learn about.

Summer term- What have we been learning so far?



The children will continue to develop their understanding of making choices, and how some choices are better than others. In preperation for Year 1 will be thinking about 'staying power' and building our concentration skills and



The children will learn about the importance of living things, including growing and caring for plants. The children will use their core text 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to learn about growing for living things.



KS1 have also been learning about 'growth' in Science, thinking about how to care for living things and the

environment around us. Children have an understanding about what it means to be part of a community and how to

be a responsible member of that community.

Year 1 had a walk around our local area litter picking during a topic about looking after our local environment. The children and staff were shocked at the amount of litter that was collected!

Year 2 had a visit from Nelson fire station to teach them about fire safety in the home. This followed on from our topic about the Great Fire of London.

Spring term- What have we been learning so far?



During the Spring term the EYFS children have been continuing to develop relationship, learning to be more cooperative and learning to help others.


The children have been using the penguin books to learn about friendships through the characters in the stories. 

During 'pupil voice' interviews children said the following things regarding their learning so far.


"I help my friends and my teacher. I help tidy the classroom."


"Sharing means when your friend has something then they let you have a turn with it."


"We use kind hands when we are playing."


"We say please and thank you to our friends."

During their 'Hot and Cold' topic children learnt about hot and cold countries and different cultures in these countries. In particular the children learnt about Chinese New Year and were emersed in Chinese culture.


This half term the children have been learning about feelings, conflict and how to resolve arguments through their key literacy texts. 

The children read the text 'Mr Wolf and the Three Bears'. They talked about the different characters and their personalities. Mr Wolf is extremely kind, friendly and considerate of others, where as Goldilocks is selfish, mean and ruins everything! The children discussed how Goldilocks' actions affected the other characters in the story.

Children's Mental Health Week 


During Children's Mental Health Week, we talked about inspiring young people who have been incredibly successful, despite facing challenges. We discussed the strategies they used to overcome those challenges and talked about challenges in their own life. 

Autumn term- What have we been learning so far?



During the Autumn term the EYFS children have been busy making new friends, settling in and building new relationships. The topic for this term is


'Me and My World - Where do I belong?'


The children have been talking about their families and discussing who lives in their house. They have also been talking to the teachers about their new friends and discussing their feelings based on the text 'The Colour Monster'





This term KS1 have been establishing classroom rules and expectations.


Year 1 have been covering the topic :


 'Me and My Friends'


Year 2 have been covering the topic :


'Where do I belong?'



Year 2 have been completing activities linked to the class rules and discussed how to keep happy and healthy at school. Year 2 discussed the importance of friendships at Whitefield and how maintaining positive relationships can contribute to good mental well-being.


Through our cross-curricular approach to the teaching of PSHE Year 2 have incorporated the

'Health and Well-being' aspect of PSHE learning within their Science lessons. 


The children have been learning:

  • about routines and habits for maintaining good physical and mental health
  • why sleep and rest are important for growing and keeping healthy
  • that medicines, including vaccinations and immunisations, can help people stay healthy and manage allergies
  • the importance of, and routines for, brushing teeth and visiting the dentist
  •  about food and drink that affect dental health
  •   how to describe and share a range of feelings
  •  ways to feel good, calm down or change their mood
  • when and how to ask for help, and how to help others, with their feelings

Here the children have been learning about the importance of keeping healthy which includes maintaining:


  • a healthy diet
  • regular exercise
  • good hygeine
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