Pittington Primary School | Hallgarth Lane, Durham, County Durham DH6 1AF

0191 3720314

Pittington Primary School

Welcome to our school

Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum Intent

Our PSHRE Lead is: Mrs Bowtell

Our PSHRE Link Governor is: Mrs Ingham 

At Pittington Primary School we recognise the importance of a planned, developmental programme of learning which enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need for their loves today and all in the future. Our whole school approach enables our children
to develop the qualities, skills and attributes that children need to thrive as individuals, family members and as members of society.

Through our PSHE education we ensure that children are equipped to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. We encourage them to be enterprising and support them to make effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving
economic well-being. In conjunction we provide opportunities for children to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

Our curriculum contributes to children’s personal development by helping to build their confidence, resilience, self-esteem as well as the ability to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what informs their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate effectively in a range of situations and settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will support our children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for the future employability and enjoy and manage their lives.

Our curriculum is based on the PSHE Association curriculum and aims to provide children with:

  • Accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge
  • Opportunities to turn knowledge into personal understanding
  • Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • The skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • Opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem and empathy
  • It is divided into three Core Themes: Health and Well-Being, Relationships, Living in the Wider World.


Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education in the Early Years
The children in the Early Years learn about the importance of and how to maintain personal hygiene. They learn about healthy lifestyles and the benefits of physical activity, rest, healthy eating and dental health. They learn about keeping themselves safe and when they should say,
‘yes,’ ‘no,’ ‘I’ll ask,’ or ‘I’ll tell.’ Through their work on relationships they will identify special people and how these people should care for them. They also explore how their behaviour affects others people. The children also have to meet them, including taking turns, sharing and returning things
that may have been borrowed. They also learn that they belong to different groups such as families, school and the wider community.


Personal, Social and Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education in Key Stages 1 and 2
By the end of Key Stage 2 the children will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others, and identify positive ways to face new challenges
  • Express their views confidently, listen to and show respect for the views of others
  • Discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty, and demonstrate some ways of dealing with these in a positive way
  • Talk about a range of jobs, explain how they will develop skills to work in the future, and demonstrate how to look after and save money
  • Make choices about how to develop a healthy life style
  • Identify some facts that affect emotional health and well being
  • Make judgements and decisions and list ways of resisting peer pressure and issues affecting their health and well being
  • Identify different types of relationships and show ways to maintain good relationships
  • Describe the nature and consequences of bullying and express ways of responding to it
  • Research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events
  • Understand why and how rules are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and take part in making and changing rules
  • Demonstrate respect and tolerance towards others, and resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choices
  • Understand what democracy is, and about the basic institutions that supports it locally and nationally
  • Appreciate the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and describe some of the beliefs and values in society
  • Understand that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect individual, communities and the sustainability of the environment
  • Explore how the media present information

Curriculum Enrichment Opportunities

We take every opportunity to enhance our curriculum by visitors coming into school to talk to the children:

  • NSPCC – to talk to all children about keeping safe
  • Stranger Danger – Jet and Ben, Police Dogs
  • Sarah McAllister - Healthy Eating Workshops for all children
  • School Nurse – keeping healthy, puberty
  • Resilience Nurse – preparing for change 
  • Yoga Coach – to work with children to promote their mental health
  • Bhangra Dancer – keeping healthy, celebrating diversity
  • Local Vicar
  • Dogs trust visit
  • Mindful Mini's 
  • Police – Keeping safe on-line (Year 5 and 6)
  • Local NPT officer

Equality of Opportunity
Pittington Primary School is committed to giving all of our pupils every equal opportunity in all aspects of school life. Our aim is to offer an inclusive curriculum that is relevant and adapted to the needs and abilities of all pupils. We ensure inclusive opportunities for raising self-esteem and
celebrating success so that all learners can reach their true full potential.

At Pittington Primary School we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, religion, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. We provide an environment which enables every
pupil to feel safe, encourages good health and wellbeing, and promotes relationships that are trustful and respectful. We believe that every teacher is a teacher of all children including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and it is our duty to value each individual
child to enable them to enjoy learning through an inclusive curriculum. It is our aim to continue to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity, where all children have the ability to participate fully in school life, and where
children are confident learners both for now and for their futures.

We tackle any type of discriminatory behaviour or prejudice through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all. We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest
level of personal achievement. We work in partnership with parents, carers, staff, governors and local services within our community to prepare children from Pittington Primary School for life in a diverse society. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be reflected and celebrated by all who learn, teach and visit Pittington Primary School.

Fundamental British Values
British Values is defined by the Department for Education as:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies to England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of difference faiths and religious and other beliefs 

At Pittington Primary School, we ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and permeate the ethos and work of the school. The curriculum provides a vehicle for furthering and deepening an understanding of these concepts.

We actively encourage the children at our school to be unique, creative, independent and open minded individuals who respect themselves and others in our school, the local community and across the wider world.

Our aim is to nurture our children on their journey through primary school so that they can grow into caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who can, and will make, a positive difference to society across Britain and the world.

If you would like more information about our PSHRE Curriculum please contact Mrs Lee, Headteacher by clicking here