Aims and Objectives

At St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, the intent of our PSHE education curriculum is to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this, they will become healthy, independent, and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially. It will give them the confidence to tackle 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.

“Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, and safe, and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.”  

                                                                    -PSHE Association, 2016


Teaching and Learning

At St. Oswald’s we have tailored the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study’ to suit our pupils, school and community; giving careful consideration to our school ethos and aims and our pupils’ needs.

We follow the PSHE Association’s three core themes: Health and Well-being; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. Each year group covers content related to each theme every year, ensuring that a spiral programme is in place: one that revisits themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge, and developing skills. We avoid, where possible, ‘one-off’, stand-alone sessions that will not be revisited, and instead make constant links to previous learning and experiences, and build upon these.

Where possible we make cross-curricular links between PSHE education and other subjects; this is particularly true and relevant in English, Religious Education, Physical Education, History, and Geography, with other content also linking to Maths, Science, and Computing.

PSHE education learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricular lessons, and discrete lessons.

During PSHE education sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them. We also use the NHS ‘My Happy Minds’ scheme to support mental health and wellbeing. Children all have their own personal journals which they complete throughout the year.

Assessment and Recording

Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding, and skills in PSHE education by making observations and notes of children’s comments during lessons. Class floor books are completed as a record of the topics and work completed. As part of our assessment for the learning process, children will receive both verbal and written feedback to aid progress in the subject (where appropriate). At the end of the year, foundation subject assessment grids are completed by class Teachers, showing children’s attainment in the following three topics: Health and Well-being; Relationships; Living in the Wider World. The school’s tracking system is used to do this. The data is analysed by the PSHE education Leaders in order to inform and improve future practice.


Lessons and activities are planned to include all children by using a range of approaches. This includes questioning, use of resources, and mixed-ability grouping to enable children to offer peer support. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class.

Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural Development

Spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is promoted through all PSHE education teaching

Spiritual development: We explore the beliefs and experiences of ourselves and others; discuss the importance of respecting all beliefs and faiths; learn about and discuss our feelings and values and those of others.

Moral development: We learn about and discuss things that are right and wrong; learn about the law and the importance of it; begin to consider our actions and the consequence of them; consider, discuss and debate ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development: We consider all of the groups and communities that we are part of; participate in our local community; learn how to resolve conflict; engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance.

Cultural development: We become aware of cultural influences; learn about the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; understand, accept, respect, and celebrate diversity.

Our PSHE education scheme is complimented by the RE programme ‘Come and See’ and the RSE scheme, ‘Journey in Love’.

Other world faiths are taught in all year groups and some of the different celebrations are recognised. ‘Journey in Love’ is the RSE scheme, recommended scheme by Liverpool Archdiocese, which is taught throughout the year in all year groups.


The children at St Oswald’s have the knowledge of how to:

  • Develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions.
  • Make sense of their own personal and social experiences and can understand and manage their own feelings.
  • Start to have an understanding of how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved.
  • Live out the Gospel values and virtues such as love, peace, courage, honesty, forgiveness, and justice. 
  • Develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • Understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age-appropriate level.
  • Have respect for themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, and rules of law.
  • Demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school, with good attendance and behaviour.

The Impact of our work is clearly evidenced in pupil observations, pupil voice, and evidenced in books and floor books.