At Upperwood Academy, we have a whole school approach to PSHE. Our PSHE curriculum is designed to give children opportunities to develop and establish friendships and healthy relationships, keep themselves safe, raise their aspirations and self-esteem and to have a deeper understanding of the world around them. We endeavour to give our young people the academic and non-academic skills needed to thrive, and in particular our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. 

To ensure maximum progression and repeated coverage of knowledge and skills, we repeat areas of knowledge regularly to embed this knowledge into the long term memory. Half termly PSHE themes identify the key knowledge and skills of each topic and very careful consideration has been given to ensure progression across other PSHE topics and indeed other subjects throughout each year group across the school. 

The British values of respect, rule of law, democracy, tolerance and individual liberty are an integral part of our PSHE curriculum and also our wider school ethos and curriculum. 

Our PSHE curriculum is made up of five core themes: health and wellbeing; friends and relationships; Living in the wider world; economic wellbeing and personal safety. 

PSHE Coverage Document

PSHE Progression Document

The children are taught PSHE both as a thematic part of their half termly topic work and as discrete teaching of knowledge and skills.

Teachers are provided with additional planning time on top of their PPA, to plan their curriculum. As part of this planning process, our PSHE teacher plans the following:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master; 
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth; 
  • A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory; 
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience; 
  • A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.

In PSHE, the teacher carries out a baseline assessment at the beginning of each unit of work to elicit knowledge which children already have about a subject area.

Our PSHE Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes recorded on an assessment tool (Eazmag); 
  • A celebration of learning for each unit of work evidenced in a folder;
  • Tracking of gains in each quiz; 
  • Monitoring of workbooks;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING fits into the importance of exercise, nutrition and the long term benefits of maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy mind in a positive way. 

In Year 1 we learn about what medicine is, food groups and benefits of physical activity.

In Year 2 we recap on what is medicine, where we get medicine from, where we keep medicine and who gives us medicine. We also learn about benefits of a healthy balanced diet. We also begin learning about understanding our feelings and our mental health.

In Year 3 and 4 we begin learning about self-esteem including body image and how we can develop this. We learn about being aware of our mental health and how we deal with negative feelings, who to go to and ways to help ourselves. We also learn that medicines are also drugs and do not always help us as well as how a healthy balanced diet can have long term benefits. 

In Year 5 and 6 we learn about drugs, smoking and alcohol, nutrition, mental and physical health We also undertake some basic first aid training. We learn about drugs including smoking and alcohol and how they harm our bodies and what addiction is.

PERSONAL SAFETY We ensure children have the skills needed to keep themselves safe in a number of ways including on-line, particularly around social media.

In Year 1 we learn about keeping safe through road safety, sun safety and on-line safety. We also learn about personal safety. 

In Year 2 we learn about keeping safe online and recognising when we are not safe on line including the use of mobile phones. We learn about where/who to go to, to get help.

In Year 3 and 4 we build on skills taught in key stage one including how to report and recognise on line abuse. We learn about appropriate use of mobile phones and social media.

Year 5 and 6 we learn about wider aspects of personal safety as they approach high school.