Personal Development

At East Herrington Primary Academy, we  believe that personal, social, health and relationships education (PSHRE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We feel it is an important part of children’s education to help them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. We aim to support our children to understand mental health and wellbeing and provide strategies to support them in times of difficulty.  We provide our children with opportunities  to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live. Our children have the opportunity to explore healthy relationships and consent within age appropriate contexts. We encourage our children to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider community. Through our PSHRE and SMSC curriculum at East Herrington  Primary School we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide  opportunity for our children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and tolerance and for them to become fair, tolerant and confident adults in a forever challenging world.

The school curriculum will focus on six core learning themes:

  • Belonging to a community (citizenship)
  • Safe Relationships
  • Respecting ourselves and others
  • Families and Friendships
  • Media Literacy and Digital Resilience (elements of which are covered in Computing curriculum)
  • Money and Work
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Growing and Changing
  • Keeping Safe

The Scheme of work is delivered weekly and also includes opportunities to link British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and school’s key skills into the curriculum. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand PSHRE and to use across the wider curriculum

Working class journals in each classroom exemplify the terminology used throughout the teaching of PSHE, British Values and SMSC which enables pupils to make links across the wider curriculum.

All year groups focus on the same overarching learning theme at the same time in the school year which allows for collaborative work and the use of assemblies to reinforce the learning in PHSRE as a whole school focus.

In addition to the scheme of work, children also take part in KIDSAFE; which further reinforce the importance of safe relationships and S.U.M.O; which develops and strengthens children’s resilience and understanding in the face of difficulties.