Dronfield Junior School

Dronfield Junior School
Reaching Potential

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."

Christopher Robin

Our Personal, Social and Health Education is Mrs K Earl.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Intent

The promotion of pupils’ personal development (which includes their social and health development) is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins all other learning at Dronfield Junior School. Through our curriculum, our
school environment, our school ethos and planned visits and visitors, we promote pupils’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, at work and in the community.

We aim to provide our pupils with experiences that enable them to make healthy choices and to become successful members of the wider community. PSHE education enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society. We teach them how to keep themselves safe and healthy, and educate them about making safe and healthy choices. We help them to achieve good emotional wellbeing. We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and in society. We also aim to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The aims and objectives of PSHE education are to enable the children to:

  • know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and teach them how to maintain good health (both physically and mentally)
  • be aware of safety issues and know how to keep themselves safe
  • understand what makes for good relationships with others (See also RSE policy)
  • have respect for others regardless of race, gender and mental and physical disability
  • be independent and responsible members of the school community
  • be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • develop good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
  • develop our school’s core values of: courtesy, respect, honesty, good manners and consideration for others
  • know about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively.
  • have a basic understanding of enterprise
  • to encourage a caring attitude towards and responsibility for the environment
  • to help our pupils understand and manage their feelings

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Implementation

PSHE is taught through weekly timetabled lessons and also through our projects (our key questions and concepts). PSHE in our school will be taught through delivery of the Derbyshire PSHE Matters scheme of work, alongside activities to support health and emotional wellbeing.

Medium term planning has been designed by the subject leader and class teachers to ensure continuity and progression across Key Stage 2. In addition to this, PSHE objectives are delivered in a cross curricular manner in a planned and systematic way. Lessons are planned and delivered in line with the teaching and learning policy and children will be given opportunities to apply knowledge and skills across the curriculum and in real life situations. In order to enhance the curriculum, a variety of age appropriate experiences will be delivered including:

  • Fairtrade Assembly and associated class based activities
  • Cookery Club
  • Derbyshire Catering Services – Adventures of a Food Explorer
  • DARE (Drugs Abuse Resistance Education) in Year 6
  • Age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education
  • The training and qualification of Trauma Informed Practitioners
  • Themed weeks (Friendship / Anti-bullying Week, Safer Internet Day, Parliament Week, Black History Month, World Mental Health Day)
  • Assemblies which actively promote themes from the PSHE Association programmes of study

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Impact

Class teachers assess pupils' progress against the objectives stated in the PSHE Matters Scheme of Work. Two year groups currently use Passports (PSHE Matters).  Pupil Voice demonstrates that the pupils' knowledge about positive relationships is excellent. Pupils are very positive about PSHE teaching in school.

We also monitor our curriculum impact by observing whole school life (e.g. how is the relationships curriculum reflected in playtime behaviour, do our children demonstrate good strategies for self regulation and good mental health?)

Behaviour incidents logged are monitored and are feedback to class teachers if patterns are spotted so they can be acted upon during PSHE lessons.


Personal, Social and Health Education progression map