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"It is very important to know who you are and to make decisions that show who you are. When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."  Malala Yousafzai


PSHE is at the core of everything that we do, enabling our children to become healthy, independent, respectful and responsible members of society. PSHE is taught as an isolated subject across the school from Foundation Stage to Year Six. Through this approach we believe that we can build on children’s prior learning and equip them with relevant, meaningful content that will provide them with an understanding and empower them to contribute to our diverse and ever-changing world.   

Although taught in isolation, PSHE is intertwined throughout our school day and curriculum. At St John's Primary Academy we aim to create a loving, caring and warm environment where all pupils feel empowered to make good, positive decisions about their behaviour.  

At St John's we intend to: 

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes our children need to manage their lives, now and in the future.  
  • Encourage our children to play a positive and active role in contributing to school life and the wider community.  
  • Provide opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.  
  • Develop individuals who are independent, responsible and respectful, who feel empowered to make positive choices in their lives now and in the future.  
  • Provide children with the knowledge of how to live a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle with an understanding of their own emotions. 

We champion our pupils and our community, recognising that relationships beyond the school gates will help us achieve this, 


From September 2024, we will be used the PSHE Association approved scheme of You, Me, PSHE

This progressive curriculum enables children to build upon and revise previous learning to develop and deepen their knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle and creating positive relationships with their peers. 

The core strands of learning revisited throughout year groups are:

  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco learning
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Identity, society and equality
  • Sex and relationship education

More information can be found on the curriculum overviews at the bottom of this page. 

Sessions are delivered using a positive approach in a safe and supportive learning environment which does not shock or worry.  Our children reflect on their learning, and transfer what they have learnt from one subject to another, and from school to their own lives in the wider community.  


The impact of PSHE is active and participatory, helping children to recognise the progress they are making. In PSHE lessons pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning, ask questions, make judgements about their own strengths and needs, and make their own personal targets. Teachers understand the importance of identifying future learning needs from making informal formative assessments during lessons and the school day. These assessments come from observations of children, teacher and pupil discussions, reflections of group activities all throughout school life and written evidence. We talk about children 'living our St John's values' and they do this daily. 

Each year children confidently apply themselves to (and aspire to take on) many roles across school such as School Council, Playground Leaders and Reading Ambassadors.