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Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

PSHCE and RSE Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Curriculum Intent

At Colburn Community Primary School, we are committed to providing the children with an engaging and relevant Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education that is inclusive to all. At Colburn, our PSHCE 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 PSHCE is taught through discreet lessons, it also underpins all activities, assemblies and educational visits that we provide for the children.


Curriculum Implementation

When teaching PSHCE, including RSE, we follow the SCARF scheme of learning created by Coram Life Education. This scheme splits the teaching of PSHCE/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 PSHCE, 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.


Curriculum Impact

By the time our children leave our school our PSHCE 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.



Teaching about Consent

Here at Colburn we believe that it is very important for children to understand the meaning of consent from the very start of their journey with us. We introduce consent at a very basic level from foundation stage and build upon the knowledge of consent as the children progress through our school. Consent is asking for permission and respecting the answer that has been given. We teach consent through our planned and progressive PSHE curriculum. We equip our children with the skills they need to listen and act upon any situations in which they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Parent Views 2021

"The school is good at keeping children safe."


"The school is good at teaching, supporting students, diversity, inclusion and behaviour management."


"The school has good communication with the community. It offers diverse and interesting lessons. Promotion of citizenship is reinforced."


"The school ensures the children are well behaved and respectful."


“The school is a community, like a family network.”


“It is informative, educational, diverse, safe and positive.”


Pupil Views 2021

"I like how everything is fair."

"Teachers are kind."

"You can tell the teacher anything. Don't be afraid to tell the teacher."

"We are safe at school."

"Everyone is friendly."


Parental Consultation 14th-25th June 2021

Exploring Oral Hygiene in Early Years, with the Dentist

Celebrating Children's Mental Health Week

Check out our 'Gallery' (under 'Latest News') to see a few more from photos from Children's Mental Health Week. 

Celebrating Diversity and Equality in school

Our children were privileged to be visited by the newly formed Army Multicultural Network who worked with them on diversity and equality issues in Britain and across the world. Children from the Fijian community in school, have celebrated their heritage, beliefs, and religion with everyone over zoom. During the summer we all had the opportunity to celebrate India dancing, during our Active Day.

Anti-Bullying Week-Odd Sock Day

The children wore odd socks  and used kind words to celebrate diversity and support Anti-Bullying Week .


Mental Health and Wellbeing websites for children and families

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