PSHE at Carrington Primary


Our intention is that when our children leave Carrington Primary, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotional intelligence to be able to play an active, positive and successful role in today’s diverse society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of different factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being.

Our PSHE curriculum is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for life. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life. Our Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and in their future lives.


EYFS – In the Foundation Stage, PSHE and citizenship is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are the Personal, Social and Emotional Development statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught through a clear and comprehensive framework in line with the National Curriculum. The PSHE frameworks have been created by Nottingham City Council based on an original by North Yorkshire. The framework provides suggested content for each year group in order to meet the statutory requirements of the new Relationships and Health Education curriculum and non-statutory sex education.  (In line with statutory RSHE Dec 19).

At Carrington, classes teach explicit PSHE weekly. There are Whole School Values which are celebrated in a weekly achievement assembly. In addition to PSHE, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that is covered in our Science Curriculum. Alongside this we teach about different kinds of relationships, including same sex relationships, and gender identity because it is important that our children should have an understanding of the full diversity of the world they live in and be prepared for life in modern Britain.

 Our PSHE curriculum also identifies links to British Values, and SMSC and is taught in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and ethos of the school.

 Wider Curriculum  We believe that focusing on developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We do this through the language we use in class, using emotion coaching, praising children for their efforts, and using language to encourage children to change their way of thinking. This supports both our school and PSHE aims and values, and we focus on Growth Mindset in all aspects of school life. Our children see themselves as learners.

  • PSHE is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught within another subject area.
  • We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show our school values
  • Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values and SMSC and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
  • PSHE displays throughout school reinforce the PSHE curriculum and celebrate our diversity and inclusivity.


By the time our children leave our school they will have embedded and demonstrate the Carrington Values of

– being confident, curious and creative

– making the right choices

– keeping going

– being thoughtful and caring

– being ready to learn.

They will be able to:

  • be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity and be inclusive
  • recognise and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty
  • be able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves, others and the environment
  • have high self esteem

Coverage and progression details can be found in these documents:

PSHE coverage and progression at Carrington Primary School – early years and key stage one

PSHE coverage and progression at Carrington Primary School – lower key stage two

PSHE coverage and progression at Carrington Primary School – upper key stage two

Additional information can be found in these documents:

 RSE policy 2020