What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for personal, social and health education. It is an important part of your child's national curriculum learning and covers a broad range of social and cultural subjects and issues.

P.S.H.E. and Citizenship Education enables pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society. 

Through our teaching of P.S.H.E. and Citizenship we will ensure that pupils experience a wide range of enjoyable activities that will help to prepare them for adult life by;   

 1. Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities

2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens

3. Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle

4. Developing good relationship and respecting the differences between people.


At St Stephens, we have a whole school approach to PSHE, with all year groups working on the same theme each half term, in addition to this, some whole school assemblies are also linked in especially at the beginning of a new theme or term.

We aim to teach the children information and skills to empower them and develop personal awareness.  The curriculum brings together PSHE education as well as emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development

What are the themes?

  • Autumn 1 – Being me in my world

  • Autumn 2 – Celebrating Difference (including Anti-Bullying Week)

  • Spring 1 – Dreams and Goals

  • Spring 2 – Healthy Me

  • Summer 1 – Relationships

  • Summer 2 – Changing Me

What happens during a lesson?

During a PSHE lesson we establish a safe, open and positive environment based upon trust between all members of the class, adults and children alike, this is achieved by everyone following these rules

  • We take turns to speak

  • We use kind and positive words

  • We listen to each other

  • We have the right to pass

  • We only use names when giving complements

  • We respect each other’s privacy

A variety of methods of teaching are used including;

  • Games

  • Role-play

  • Discussion (whole class, small group, partner)

  • Written work

  • Problem solving

  • Video/DVD

  • ICT programs.

How do we record our work?

We record our PSHE work in a class celebration book, it is a portfolio of our class work and reflections through each topic, you can see examples of our books from Nursery through to Year 6 on this page.

How is PSHE integrated into other areas of school life?

P.S.H.E. is integrated within a lot of other areas in school.  Special activities include:

  • School visits, planned with identified focus.

  • Class Assemblies

  • Residential visits

  • School visitors e.g. Assembly guests, Charity Workers.

  • After school clubs / activities

  • Pupil’s Plant-it, discussing school issues.

  • Fundraising for various charities e.g. Comic/Sports Relief, St Austell Food bank

  • Sports ambassadors / Year 6 helpers.

  • Links with Parents, e.g. workshops.

  • Special days - Friendship Day, Safety Day, Healthy eating day etc