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Curriculum Statement

PSHE/RSE at Stamshaw Junior School


In an ever-changing world, it is essential that our children are equipped with the skills to be confident and successful members of society.  As such, our aims for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) are tailored for the needs of our community and are based on the prior experiences of our children.  Therefore, PSHE/RSE curriculum planning will:

  • Provide a curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, physical and mental development of the children to prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities in later life.
  • Allow the children to develop a sense of self-worth and pride in their achievements.
  • Provide the skills and knowledge to allow our children to live in, and manage, in a changing society where they may encounter conflict and challenges and where British Values are an integral part of life.
  • Provide a curriculum that is centred around the emotional well-being of all children and provide the skills to enable them to achieve this.


With the intent at the centre of PSHE teaching in our school, these aims are our focus:

  • All lessons are EPIC and encourage the children to engage in the subject matter and challenge any pre-conceived ideas.

Our children need to develop a growth mind set to enable them to be resilient with changes they may face and understand the world in which they live.

  • Provide a curriculum that is tailored to our community and is based on the needs of our children, their prior experiences and topical issues.

Because we understand the importance of helping our children respect the underpinning of British Values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect. We want our children to develop into respectful and caring members of our school and wider community through a curriculum that encourages independence and reflection.  Our children should understand the importance of accepting responsibility for their own actions.

  • Provide a curriculum that embeds the PSHE values and aims so that the children are equipped to understand how their emotions can affect their physical health and ways to manage these.

We understand that in a world where change is constant, our children need to have the skills to recognise how being mentally and physically well feels and where to get help and ways to self-help when this is not the case.

  • Provide an SRE curriculum that is explicitly taught to all year groups, where parents are informed of the SRE being delivered and one that enables the children to explore and understand the complexities of both bodily changes and their relationships both now and in the future.

We understand that growing into an adult can be a time of great anxiety. Therefore, we want our children to understand how their bodies will change, at an age appropriate level, and for them to have a positive body image where they respect themselves and others, while at the same time maintaining healthy and respectful relationships.


By the end of KS2 the children will:

  • Children will know and apply the British Values of tolerance, rule of law, mutual respect and liberty.

Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

  • Know what is meant by a healthy lifestyle.
  • Know how to maintain physical, mental an emotional wellbeing.
  • Know how to manage risks to physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Know ways to keep physically and emotionally safe.
  • Know ways to manage change including puberty, transition and loss.
  • Know how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this.
  • Know how to respond in an emergency.
  • Be able to identify different influences on health and wellbeing.

Core Theme 2: Relationships

  • Know how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts.
  • Know how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships.
  • Know how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse.
  • Know how to respond to risky or negative relationships and how to ask for help.
  • Know how to respect equality and diversity in relationships.

Core Theme 3 - Living In The Wider World: Economic Wellbeing and being a Responsible Citizen.

  • Know how to respect themselves and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions.
  • Know about the rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately citizens.
  • Know about different groups and communities.
  • Know to respect equality and to be a productive member of a diverse community.
  • Know about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
  • Know where money comes from, keeping safe and the importance of managing it effectively.
  • Know how money plays an important part in people’s lives.
  • Have a basic understanding of enterprise.

PSHE/RSE Progression of Sequencing

PSHE/RSE Progression Document


Full Details of all Objectives

Policies & Outcomes

RSE Consultation Feedback

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy Parent Consultation Feedback

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that took part in the RSE parent consultation questionnaire.  It was lovely to read such positive feedback about our teaching of PSHE and RSE.  Your responses were very helpful to us and have enabled us to finalise our RSE policy, which is now on our website under PSHE.  Below, you will find feedback to your responses for each question.

Miss Bushell

Question 1 - What are your thoughts on our current curriculum for RSE and personal, social, health and economic education?

Your responses all suggest that you are happy with our current delivery of this curriculum but that having separate groups of boys and girls or selected peer groups may be more comfortable for the children.  Although there is no specific guidance that state this should be the case, this is something we can address as a school to create the post positive experience for the children.  When teaching RSE lessons, there is always a questions box in the classroom, so children can pose questions if they are not comfortable asking questions out loud and can then get a personal response from the class teacher.

Question 2 - Do you think this curriculum meets your child’s needs?

A majority of you felt this was the case.  There was the suggestion that more emphasis is placed on supporting children with special educational needs.  This is on our policy and is something that is under constant review in our everyday teaching.  If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher as your first port of call.  With the overview and policy on- line now, it will be easier for you to see what your child is learning in RSE and termly newsletters will also tell you.  If it is a particularly sensitive topic, letters will be sent home too, informing you of what is being taught and when.


Question 3 - What do we do well?

Your responses were varied here, but these are the main points: we communicate with you well; we have a good coverage of topics; we emphasise the importance of happiness and family; we make the children feel safe and treat them maturely and that we cover relevant topics for the age of the children.  It is not always possible to send home examples of work done in this subject as often the lessons are discussion based and these are not necessarily recorded in any way by the children.  Your child’s teacher can always provide you with the questions being discussed if you would like them when you know specific subjects are being delivered.


Question 4 - What could we do better?

Most responses suggest that you think our RSE is OK but have suggested some broader subject areas we could teach.  However, as a primary school, we have guidance about what we should teach and some topics suggested such as HIV and AIDS are KS3 topics, so while we touch on keeping safe in relationships both physically and mentally, this is not an area that is deemed appropriate for general KS2 teaching. 


Question 5 - Is there anything we’re not covering that you think we need to address?

The areas you suggested we could cover that are not being covered such as gender and same-sex relationships, negative peer relationships, drugs and a greater link to Christianity are all being addressed across the four-year curriculum and our RE curriculum, but as our world changes so too will our curriculum in response to this, which is why currently we have a greater emphasis on mental health and wellbeing. Individual learning and adaptations to the delivery of lessons take place when a child needs that level of intervention and support.

Question 6 - Is there something we could cover more of/less of?

One area that was suggested that we should cover more is the use of sexually explicit language and what the ramifications of this can be on individuals.  As a staff we have all just undertaken training on this in a training course about peer-on-peer abuse.  It is something that will be incorporated into our lessons.  A further area of concern was that we teach children about being safe on-line.  This is done frequently through both our PSHE and computing curriculum as well as involving the children in nationwide events such Internet Safety Day and government initiatives like being ‘Internet Legends’.


Question 7 - What do you think about the way we currently deliver RSE to pupils?

Most responses suggest you are happy with the way we are teaching RSE to the children but with the concern we are teaching too much.  It is a full curriculum and one that has been suggested by Portsmouth City Council as it meets the needs of our city.  We do try and group themes together so that the children are not overwhelmed, and also we do a lot of discussion based lessons which enables all children to participate as much or as little as they feel able to.


Question 8 - As a parent/carer, do you feel like you need more information or guidance on specific topics?

As a school, we try and give you the most up-to-date information about what your child will be learning, but please use the PSHE overview that is on our website and also look at newsletters as this will tell you what your child will be covering in each topic.  Again, if you have any questions, please consult your child’s teacher.

Question 9 - As a parent/carer, how can we best inform you of what is being taught?

You have indicated that we send you emails or Marvellous Me alerts to inform you about what is being taught.   In addition to this, please use the school website.


If you would like to see the full results of the survey, please click the link below

Summary of responses