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Barnburgh Primary Academy

Barnburgh Primary Academy


‘Even the smallest person can change the course of the future’.

J.R.R Tolkein




At Barnburgh Primary Academy, personal, social and health education (PSHE), enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


Our Core Values provide the platform on which we have built our curriculum offer at Barnburgh Primary Academy. Our PSHE curriculum is underpinned by our Core Values in the following ways;



  • To have the courage to express themselves and to express their own opinions.


  • To develop the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder, to not give up.


  • To do their best work and then to push themselves beyond what they consider to be their best. 
  • To develop a desire to achieve something.


  • To respect what other people say.
  • To be respectful towards others.
  • To respect the diversity of society.


  • To develop children who have the confidence to think independently.
  • To make choices independently.


We want our PSHE curriculum to help children to;

  • Maximise outcomes for all children.
  • See the world from different perspectives.
  • Increase their empathy.
  • Prepare children for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.




Our PSHE curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘PSHE is an important and necessary part of all children’s education’. They also state that ‘these subjects will support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe. Equipping them for life as an adult in British society’.


At Barnburgh Primary Academy, our PSHE curriculum has been structured in a cross-curricular way to effectively facilitate this and to provide maximum knowledge and understanding at Barnburgh. Age appropriate schemes of work are carried out in each year group. These are sometimes carried out by outside agencies such as the school nurse, but are also delivered by the class teacher. These topics may include:


  • Tobacco
  • Risk Taking /Safety
  • Diversity
  • Emotional Health
  • Coping Strategies
  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy relationships/bullying
  • Puberty/Growing up
  • British Values
  • Democracy
  • Citizenship
  • Physical Activity
  • E-Safety


This also includes opportunities to link British Values, SMSC and schools core values into the curriculum.

Age appropriate lessons are carried out from Foundation Stage up to Year 6. Key campaigns throughout the year, such as Anti-bullying Week and Healthy Eating Week, are addressed through a whole-school approach.




  • Children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty.
  • Children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school – attendance will be in-line with national and behaviour will be good.
  • Children will achieve age related expectations across the wider curriculum.
  • Children will become healthy and responsible members of society
  • Children will be on their journey preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.

Due to the nature of this curriculum area, PSHE monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil voice. School leaders use pupil voice as an effective tool to ascertain the pupils’ ability to express themselves through a range of different mediums. Examples of our PSHE learning is exhibited throughout the school, both on classroom and communal displays. PSHE work is exhibited on our online website portfolio, on the ‘PSHE’ section of the Curriculum offer webpage.

At Barnburgh, we deliver the PSHE curriculum by utilising first-hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils. We aim to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

We believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and as well as discrete focused lessons, it is also embedded throughout the curriculum. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s’ values, in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community and world. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies - where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Please find the PSHE and RSE progression document below. This is a working document.