At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society. We strive to support and develop the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond into later life. PSHE is taught across the school on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the One Decision PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Catholic Gospel values.


Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children to aim high and have a positive impact on the world around them. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. One Decision PSHE directs our aim on developing the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of;

  • Keeping/ Staying Safe
  • Keeping/ Staying Healthy
  • Growing and changing
  • Being Responsible
  • Feelings and emotions ( Relationships and sex education supported by Catholic Education Scheme ‘A Journey in Love’ )
  • Computer safety
  • Our World

In addition to the discrete lessons taught at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, PSHE skills are developed through a number of activities and opportunities such as Liturgies, Picture News, visitors, themed weeks, Kidsafe activities, School Council and School Trips.



The impact of PSHE Curriculum can be seen through the behaviours and attitudes displayed by our pupils within the school and their relationships with others. They will: 


  • demonstrate kindness and respect towards themselves and others. 
  • have the courage and ability to try new things, challenge themselves and persevere.  
  • Take responsibility for their actions. 
  • have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and how to develop good relationships.  
  • have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society.  
  • demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect, Rule of law and Liberty. 
  • be equipped to make a positive impact on the world around them
  • to be inspired to aim high and reach for the stars!


Progression of Knowledge (Year 1 to Year 3)

Progression of Knowledge (Year 4 to Year 6)


Our PSHE Policy