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Woolton Primary School

Learning Together... Achieving Together


PSHCE - Personal Social Health Economic and Citizenship Education

RSE - Relationships and Sex Education

SMSC -  Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Education

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At WPS, we develop successful learners who are well prepared for modern society. We have a whole school approach to PSHcE which is strongly embedded within the ethos and values of our school. Our PSHCE programme promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school, and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We ensure pupils are equipped with the necessary skills to become informed, active and responsible citizens. PSHCE and RSE is taught through a carefully planned and sequenced curriculum that builds on children's knowledge and understanding as they progress through year groups.

The three strands taught are:

Self-confidence and Self-awareness
Managing Feelings and Behaviour
Making Relationships

We  also understand the importance of physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing which we promote through the Five Ways to Wellbeing:

Be active - boost your energy and mood by doing something active.

Connect - build connections with people around you.

Take notice - be curious about the world and appreciate the moment.

Give - do something nice for someone.

Keep learning - learn something new to boost your confidence and have fun.

Our PSHCE education is taught as part of a whole school approach, supported by a curriculum which enables our children to explore a wide range of social, moral, cultural and behavioural issues in line with the statutory requirements for Relationship and Health Education. Our PSHCE curriculum also links closely with British Values, so that children develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We foster an approach of encouraging our pupils to accept responsibility for their behavior, show initiative, and contribute positively to school and our WPS community.

RSE at WPS ( Relationships Education)

Relationships Education

Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Health Education

Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Lessons from our PSHCE programme are taught across the whole school on Friday afternoons. 

Consultations with WPS Parents took place in June 2021 and will be reviewed in June 2023.

RSE at WPS ( Relationships and Sex Education)

Our RSE programme is based on the programme developed by the Christopher Winter Project.
This encourages children to develop skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends. It includes lessons on topics such as keeping clean, families, gender differences, personal space, puberty, and relationships. 

At WPS, we believe that children should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. We are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the necessary components of Sex Education. 

Our aims:

  • To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
  • To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
  • To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and provide effective support for young people. 

At WPS, we will teach the Sex Education components of RSE during our PSHcE lessons. Please see our detailed long term plan and progression of skills and knowledge below, which includes the content we plan to deliver in relation to Sex Education during PSHCE lessons and when. 

However, if you are not happy for your child to take part, you have the right to withdraw them from any or all of it. We will then make alternative arrangements for your child for the duration of the teaching. If you would like to withdraw your child from Sex Education, please contact admin@wooltonprimary and we will be in touch to confirm this.

You will also be informed when this part of the curriculum is being taught so you have that option. 

Science and Sex Education

Under the National Curriculum,  the basics of Sex Education fall within the science curriculum. The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction. Please see the DfE Science Programme of Study below which includes specific content for each year group. 

In Key Stage 1, pupils will:

Be introduced to the process of reproduction and growth in animals. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.

Key Stage 2, pupils will:

Be taught about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and sexual reproduction in animals. Pupils should draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty. 

The PSHE including RSE lead for school is Mr F Berry. Please email admin@wooltonprimary if you have any further questions in regards to our PSHCE and RSE curriculum.

Please click on the link below to view the scheme. You can alos view the lik to our policy and the DFE Science Programme of Study.

WPS PSHCE Curriculum Map

 WPS PSHCE and RSE Policy

DFE Science Programme of Study


SMSC is spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The SMSC curriculum can be described as part of the “hidden curriculum”. It is all the things that we do in school to build up children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, thoughts and experiences. It is not taught as a standalone lesson, rather it may be part of Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education and part of the ethos of our school which children experience on a daily basis. SMSC is highlighted by the government as a key means of promoting basic British values and creating well rounded individuals who can contribute towards a modern Britain.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use
imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer
reasoned views.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how
communities work.
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and
celebrate diversity.
Why do we teach SMSC within the curriculum?
• To develop children’s self-awareness, confidence and decision-making skills 
• To develop children’s independent thinking and co-operative skills
• To encourage children to raise questions which lead them to search for their own answers to make sense of the world 
• To stimulate children through effective questioning, both supporting and challenging their thinking and develop children’s reflective and questioning skills 
• To foster curiosity and stimulate imagination and fascination in the world around them 
• To encourage children to consider rights, roles and responsibilities 
• To develop respect and integrity
 • To develop an awareness of the diversity and rich culture in our world 
• To encourage children to engage with a variety of cultures and traditions  
Click on the link below to view our SMSC Policy.