Hayesdown First School

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PSHE and Relationships Education (PSHRE)

At Hayesdown First School PSHRE (Personal, Social Health and Relationships Education) should be fully inclusive to every child. We aim to create a happy, purposeful and supportive environment where children are enabled to become successful learners, develop their full potential and achieve the highest educational standards they can.

We believe a collaborative culture is fundamental in enabling children to develop personally and emotionally, and as young citizens. Children grow up in a complex and ever changing world and are exposed to an increasing range of influences. As a school we aim to build on and complement the learning that has already started at home to provide the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that children need to lead healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future. PSHRE education also makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety, and to their emotional wellbeing.


The aims of teaching PSHRE in our school are:

  • To explore the core themes of Belonging, Relationships and Lifestyles and provide opportunities to turn that into personal understanding.
  • To develop an understanding of themselves along with empathy for others and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • To clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
  • To develop the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.



Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education (PSHRE) underpins our school’s ethos in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children learn to take responsibility for their own behaviours,  relationships and lifestyle choices
ENTHUSIASTIC: Children show enthusiasm around  being a member of the school and wider community
AMBITIOUS: All children have high expectations for their own and others mental health and wellbeing
CONFIDENT: Children are confident to discuss, share and manage their experiences and have resilience when challenges arise
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children make positive choices to develop healthy and happy lifestyles

Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum:

PSHRE supports our school’s aim to place “Reading at the Heart of Hayesdown” by providing opportunities to develop new vocabulary when reading stories, such as talking about our feelings or knowing about how to stay healthy. Children also use their reading skills in lessons when accessing information or completeing written work. 

The Long Term Overview of PSHRE can be found here: PSHRE Curriculum Progression Model

PSHRE Curriculum overview 23-24

The Relationships education policy was developed in consultations with pupils, parents, staff and governors. It is available on the polices page HFS Relationships and Sex Education Policy 2023


PSHRE parent workshop

Parent workshop 2


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