The Icknield Primary School

Thrive and achieve together!

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


Subject Leader - Emily Clarke


"The values of tolerance and respect are presented to pupils in broad terms through the school’s programme of assemblies and reinforced by the way the school community operates on a daily basis." (Ofsted, May 2016)






National Curriculum

here is an overview of guidance for PSHE with relation to the National Curriculum. 

"PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study.  PSHE can encompass many areas of study.  Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription.


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PSHE at Icknield

PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.


At Icknield, we use Cambridgeshire's Personal Development Programme (PDP).  Within it, it includes detailed guidance, lesson plans and resources suggestions for PSHE units targeted at each year group. Although many of our PSHE lessons are taught discretely, we do aim to teach PSHE in a cross-curricular way, including it in English, Science, RE, etc. It is also regularly covered in assemblies.


Within PSHE, the main topic focuses for each year group are: 'Citizenship', 'Economic Wellbeing,' 'Healthy and Safer Lifestyles' and 'Myself and My Relationships.'

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

At Icknield, we are currently examining changes being made within this curriculum area. From September 2020, part of RSE has now been made compulsory to all primary children. In October 2020, we ensured the children were taught the units they may have missed during lockdown. We will update you again when we next begin to plan these sessions. Thank you for all of your positivity and cooperation so far!

Supporting Your Child

There are many ways to support your children with their PSHE learning. For younger children, you could encourage them to dress and undress independently and manage their own hygiene. Simple activities such as board games will encourage team-work and help your children learn to take turns. With older children, use documentaries and other media to discuss issues around our place and responsibilities in society.