At St Thomas of Canterbury Infant school we believe that education in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We believe that PSHE education allows the children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to manage their lives both now and in the future. The qualities and attributes developed allow the children to thrive as individuals, as part of a family and as members of society.

These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will needthroughout later life. (PSHE Association website May 2017)

Our objectives in the teaching of PSHE and citizenship are for all of our children to:

  • know and understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • be aware of safety issues
  • understand what makes for good relationships with other
  • have respect for others, developing a sense of value for themselves and others
  • be thoughtful and responsible members of their community and their school
  • become active members of our democratic society
  • develop self-confidence and self-esteem
  • make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • have a sense of purpose
  • be an active partner in their own learning

PSHE education is taught through three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Within each core unit the children will explore different topics as detailed in the table below:

Core Theme 1:
Health and Well being
Core Theme 2:
Core Theme 3:
Living in the wider world

Topic areas:

Healthy lifestyles
Keeping safe
Growing and changing
Topic areas:

Healthy relationships
Feelings and emotions
Valuing difference
Topic areas:

Rights and responsibilities
Taking care of the environment
Money matters

Please go to the 'Our Learning' section to learn more about the areas being covered within each year group.

Please click here for our PSHE policy.

Please click here for the PSHE Association guide to PSHE for parents.