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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education at Whitehouse Common aims to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active responsible citizens.


PSHE is not a statutory subject in primary schools. This means that there is no set programme of study or learning objectives that pupils have to fulfil. However, relationships education and health education are compulsory.


Here at Whitehouse Common we believe PSHE education has a significant impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for all our pupils from Nursery through to Year 6. It is an important and necessary part of our whole school curriculum and we have adapted our program of study from the PSHE Association. It is a broad and balanced program based on three core themes.


KS1 and KS2

1.RelationshipsHealthy Relationships -Feelings & Emotions - Valuing DifferenceAutumn Term
2.Living in the Wider WorldRights & Responsibilities – Taking Care of the Environment – MoneySpring Term
3. Health and wellbeingHealthy Lifestyles (mental and physical) - Keeping Safe (including online)- Growing & ChangingSummer Term



Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

 Within the EYFS most of the children’s learning about PSHE comes from Development Matters: Specific area: Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

Through child centred topic-based learning following the 'Characteristic of Learning' approach children work towards the following Early Learning goals: 


  • Making Relationships - Autumn Term
  • Self-confidence and Self-awareness   -Spring Term
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour -Summer Term



At Whitehouse Common PSHE is taught as a discreet subject weekly but key themes are also linked to a variety of other subjects across our the wider school curriculum.


To further enhance our PSHE curriculum we have theme days or weeks through the year linked to the three core themes, such as Antibullying Week, Mental Health Awareness, School Health Fun Run and Charity campaigns. We also link weekly assemblies, visitors, School Council and workshops to under pin and support the key values we teach through each core theme.



Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) is a fundamental part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum for pupils in our school.


At Whitehouse Common Primary School, understanding the way in which relationships develop and grow over time from childhood through to adult relationships is part of lifelong learning. We understand the importance of relationships and the values, qualities and responsibilities in friendships, families, and loving relationships and how to develop an understanding of safety in the online environment. Our work promotes self-respect, confidence, respect & responsibility toward others, emphasising the importance of marriage, loving relationships, safety, love and care.