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How we teach PSHE at Colburn

How we teach PSHE at Colburn




At Colburn Community Primary School, we are committed to providing the children with an engaging and relevant Personal, Social, Health Education that is inclusive to all. At Colburn, our PSHE curriculum aims to provide the children with a breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about their own health, wellbeing and relationships. This will enable the children to manage risks and challenges, and know when, who and how to ask for help. It is our intention to provide the children with the life-long skills that they need to become healthy, independent, resilient and responsible members of our school and community. Although PSHE is taught through discreet lessons, it also underpins all activities, assemblies and educational visits that we provide for the children. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Colburn Values; respect, resilience, responsibility and fairness. 




When teaching PSHE, including RSE, we follow the SCARF scheme of learning created by Coram Life Education. This scheme splits the teaching of PSHE/RSE into 6 units: Me and My Relationships; Valuing Difference; Keeping Myself Safe; Rights and Responsibilities; Being my Best; Growing and Changing. SCARF provides a progressive and comprehensive curriculum; each year the pupils cover the same themes, but new objectives are taught which build on, and develop, their prior knowledge, understanding and skills.


At Colburn School, we believe that cross-curricular teaching and learning allows the children to make links in their learning and apply their skills in different contexts. A successful Relationships Education and Health Education programme should be firmly embedded within the school’s framework for PSHE, The National Curriculum for Science and other supporting curriculum areas. There are many opportunities for cross-curriculum learning with clear links to PSHE, for example in Science, P.E., Computing, English, Geography, RE and History. Appropriate topics in PSHE have been linked to topics in other curriculum areas. For example, in Year 1 in Autumn 1, the children cover the Science topic ‘Animals including Humans’ this has been linked to the PSHE topic of Growing and Changing where the children learn about the inside of their bodies.  


When delivering the ‘Growing and Changing’ unit in year 5 and 6, which covers aspects of puberty (This includes aspects of the Science Curriculum), we will use the resources provided by SCARF. Prior to the delivery of any teaching about puberty, parents will be informed via a letter.



By the time our children leave our school our PSHE curriculum will have enabled them to:

  • be able to approach s a range of situations and apply their skills to help navigate their way through life in a modern Britain and the wider world.
  • be able to make choices that help them lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
  • appreciate diversity.
  • to set themselves aspirational goals and have the mindset that if they believe they can do something then they can achieve it.
  • to have a range of strategies to help support their own mental health.
  • to be able to understand their own and other people’s emotions.
  • to use the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of Law and Liberty to become open minded and respectful members of society.
  • to maintain and develop healthy relationships with their people who are important to them.
  • to begin to understand RSE aspects that are age appropriate.
  • to have respect for themselves and the community that they live in.