Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) inc. Careers and Realtionships Education.

Subject Leader: Mrs P Gough

Vision / Intent:

We aim to develop students into well-rounded, caring and aspirational people who know and understand their rights and responsibilities in their local, national and global communities.

Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:

PSHE is taught in one 60-minute lesson per week. The curriculum is divided into 3 main areas of study: Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Healthy Living. The Holywell values and restorative practices are embedded in the curriculum and teaching methods. Teachers create a safe and caring environment in which students can explore their thoughts and feelings with growing confidence, encouraged by both their peers and teachers.

Relationships and Health Education

To view the materials being used for Relationships Education for each year group, please click HERE.

PSHE Enrichment Day

In addition to the weekly PSHE lessons, all students will participate in our PSHE Enrichment Day.

  • Year 5 theme is safety, including fire, water, road and bike safety and first aid.
  • Year 6 theme is mental well-being and stress management.
  • Year 7 theme is celebrating diversity and British values through sports and the arts.
  • Year 8 theme is careers.

Department Members

Mrs P Gough PSHE Subject Leader

Teaching Staff  

Year 5 - Mr Crighton, Miss Kirkup, Miss Jones-Billington, Miss Mayles, Mrs Smullen

Year 6 - Mrs Bassett, Mr Crighton, Mr Eames, Mrs Gough, Mrs Butcher, Ms Martin

Year 7 - Miss Craddock, Mrs Gough, Mrs Jeavons, Miss Kelly, Mrs Scott

Year 8 - Mrs Gough, Ms Stephens, Miss Stepney, Miss Warren

Topic Overview 2023-2024:

Year 5

Autumn - Relationships, New Beginnings

  • Establishing community time and restorative practices
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Creating a community and belonging
  • Gifts and talents
  • Children and the law
  • Healthy relationships;
  • Friends and family
  • importance of good communication
  • Expressing and managing feelings
  • Coping strategies
  • Anti-bullying

Spring Term – Physical and Mental Wellbeing (RHE)

  • changing bodies in puberty;
  • healthy eating;
  • healthy sleep habits,
  • exercise and hobbies;
  • viruses and bacteria;
  • dangers of smoking.

Summer Term - Living in the Wider World – Economic wellbeing

  • keeping money safe and the role of banks
  • ways of paying
  • the importance of budgeting
  • planning a budget
  • charity enterprise event
  • Careers
  • Stereotypes
  • Skills and qualities
  • Dream jobs

Year 6

Autumn – Healthy Relationships

  • Establishing community time and restorative practices
  • Identifying risks and keeping safe online
  • Diversity
  • Stereotypes
  • Relationship skills and challenges
  • Anti-bullying
  • Living in the Wider World – Goal Setting, Rules and Democracy
  • Rules and laws
  • Democracy
  • S.M.A.R.T target setting

Spring Term – Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing (RHE)

  • Physical and emotional changes during puberty
  • Families
  • sleep hygiene
  • caring for mental health
  • dental health
  • identifying legal and illegal drugs
  • understanding the risks of drugs

Summer - Living in the Wider World

  • Caring for the environment and media literacy
  • positive and negative effects of human activity on the planet
  • plastic pollution, climate change, food waste, the oceans, sustainability and recycling.
  • How data is shared and used online
  • Fraud
  • Evaluating reliability of sources
  • Misinformation and targeted information
  • Choosing age appropriate TV, games, apps and online content

Year 7

Autumn – Relationships – Managing Emotions and Keeping safe

  • Getting to know and appreciate peers
  • Managing feelings
  • Parts of the brain
  • Peer pressure - strategies for resisting unhelpful peer influence
  • Body language
  • Anti-bullying
  • Seeing things through each other’s eyes
  • Discrimination
  • Recognising early-warning signs
  • Managing risk
  • Making decisions

Spring Term – Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Recap on main physical aspects of puberty.
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Emotional aspects of puberty
  • Keeping Healthy – diet, fitness and good sleep routines.
  • Screen time
  • Alcohol and tobacco– dangers, effects and the law
  • Respectful relationships

Summer Term – Living in the Wider World

  • Accidents, economic wellbeing and the Political System
  • Dealing with accidents
  • first aid
  • Economic wellbeing
  • the role of banks
  • the economy and budgeting.
  • How government works
  • the political system of the United Kingdom
  • democracy, voting and elections
  • rules and laws

Year 8

Autumn Term - Personal Identity and Human Rights

  • Personal identity
  • Body Image
  • managing relationships
  • empathy
  • risk taking
  • Human Rights
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Anti-bullying
  • Prejudice - racism
  • Asylum seekers

Spring - Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Healthy relationships
  • Body image and the media
  • Sex and the law
  • Contraception
  • Dangers of illegal drugs

Summer - Living in the Wider World, - Careers and Critical Consumers

Careers and Employability Skills

  • Concept of career
  • understanding the qualities, skills and attitudes needed for employability
  • gender stereotyping at work
  • developing and maintaining self-esteem and envisaging a positive future for themselves
  • Goal setting

* PSHE Day – Careers education, employer encounters, post 16 routes, introduction to different industries and jobs.

Critical Consumers

  • Critical consumers of goods and services
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Ethical employers
  • Fairtrade

Preparing for Transition

  • Preparing for transition to upper school
  • Managing change
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