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Marlborough Primary School

PSHE (personal, social and health education) and rse (relationships and sex education)




PSHE is held in high regard here at Marlborough Primary with a key focus on preparing our pupils to be able to stay safe and navigate their way through the modern and ever-changing world we live in. We understand that by growing up in 21st century Britain, there are a multitude of challenges our pupils face and will continue to face as they grow older. Our PSHE curriculum is designed to reflect those challenges, helping children achieve their full potential by supporting their mental health and wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. We aim to provide all our pupils with the necessary tools to know how and when to ask for help and where to access relevant support. Our curriculum is fully compliant with the statutory Relationships Education guidance for primary schools and appropriate and optional Sex Education is taught across all key stages with content tailored to the age and physical/emotional maturity of our pupils, preparing them for the changes later life brings.


Our broad PSHE curriculum is delivered jointly through our ‘Learning Means the World’ thematic units, providing pupils with a meaningful learning experience as connections between subjects are fostered purposefully and the 3D PSHE curriculum, enhancing the progression of skills and knowledge in our core units of ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the Wider World’. Furthermore, our PSHE curriculum is intrinsically linked to our five School Values: Respect, Honesty, Determination, Equality and Teamwork. Our school community is wonderfully diverse and through teaching and learning, we provide our children with plentiful opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and how to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. We understand that high-quality PSHE enables pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society that consciously aim to become productive members of their community. Our pupils, therefore, are actively encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.






At Marlborough, we teach a broad and rich curriculum, our teaching of PSHE promotes opportunities to link British Values and also our school values (Determination, honesty, teamwork, respect and equality). Our PSHE programme is an essential part of our whole school PSHE education provision and is designed to meet the unique needs of pupils. PSHE is embedded in our cross curricular thematic units which are taught through our Dimensions curriculum from nursery to year 6, it is an opportunity to overlap our units with other subjects, for example Computing (E-safety), PE (leading healthy active lives).We also teach additional lessons to ensure there is a full coverage of PSHE with the 3D PSHE curriculum created by Dimensions. Marlborough also cover ‘tough topics’ which may arise in our school environment e.g. peer-on-peer abuse, radicalisation, substance related abuse. These lessons ensure that children would have gained the knowledge and skills related with PSHE by the time they leave Marlborough. The teaching of PSHE is evidenced through the floor books in all year groups as well as the topic books from year 1 to year 6. We also conduct ‘pupil voice’ on events and lessons taking place to see what the children’s views are, how effective our curriculum is and how we can improve through the opinion of the pupils.




We have a wide curriculum which includes Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education. We also teach additional lessons of sex education with our Jigsaw programme to ensure that there is a full coverage in our PSHE lessons and believe it is essential for children to know information which would support them and preparing them to navigate, participate and stay safe in this world.




It is important to have the support of parents at Marlborough, parents are involved in our PSHE learning so that they are aware of the content that is taught in school. We offer parent workshops so they can decide whether they want their children to take part in the additional sex education lessons and have the option to opt out of the topic. Teachers also share the content of our topics with parents through the overview and knowledge organisers, this is so that they are aware of what our unit is and what is being taught.




We celebrate equality and diversity at Marlborough through whole school events throughout the year e.g. Internet Safety Week, Remembrance Day, Anti-Bullying Week, Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Children’s Mental Health Week, World Mental Health Day. Learning is shared through assemblies and targeted activities throughout the day, developing pupils’ sense of collective responsibility for issues in and outside of our school community.




The vocabulary we use in PSHE is constantly evolving, therefore is it important that children understand the definitions of the words being taught and are encouraged to use them. Children learn a wide range of vocabulary in each topic, these words are always reflected in their knowledge organisers and referred to throughout each lesson.



We have many intervention groups catered to support children in our school across all year groups. We offer the Rainbows programme for children who may have suffered a grievance or a less on their family as an opportunity to discuss problems and to be supported through any issues by our trained staff members. We also have nurture groups for children who may be finding the school environment difficult and are provided with additional support to find ways of coping. Weekly counselling is also offered to children to discuss issues, thoughts and feelings.


Marlborough’s Magical Moments has been designed with input from our school counsellor. Improving and heightening positive mental health and wellbeing is a huge priority for the school, particularly following COVID-19. Pupils engage in 15 minutes of activities designed to refocus the mind and provide opportunity for self-reflection.

Additionally, we have recently introduced ‘Wellbeing breaks’ which take place once a term. It is a time for children to take time out to take part in a range of activities to benefit their mental health and wellbeing. It is a time for children to ‘take a break’ from all the hard work they have been involved in and participate in physical activities as well as art/craft activities.




At the start of each topic, knowledge organisers are created to give children and parents a summary of what they will be learning. They outline the knowledge and skills children will gain from the unit of work as well as key facts and vocabulary. The sole purpose of a knowledge organiser is to act as a reference point for pupils to support their progress throughout a unit of work.



We have a cross-curricular approach to home learning whereby activities are set with direct links between subjects and the thematic unit studied at the time. PSHE and Wellbeing activities are planned for within the menu, highlighting their importance within our curriculum.




As a result our unique PSHE curriculum at Marlborough, you will see:


  • Quality first teaching which uses a range of discussions, activities and participating in events.
  • A wealth of topics learnt with clear progression of skills and knowledge through each key stage
  • Children engaged in their learning with an understanding that PSHE helps them to face challenging situations in real life
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress through their topic books and floor books
  • Children who can confidently talk about their learning and relate it to their real life experiences.
  • Children who can explain the relevance and importance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts
  • Children who have a good understanding of their strengths, dreams, goals and targets are and how they can achieve them.
  • Children who are confident to speak about themselves and their opinions.
  • That the children in our school are happy learners and can discuss any worries they may have.
  • That pupils understand who the right adults are to speak to when they need help.
  • Teachers and additional staff model the right behaviour and attitudes to pupils.