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Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for PSHE


At Borrow Wood Primary school we believe that PSHE is vital in a child’s education. PSHE is rooted in our core values: Challenge, Honesty, Ownership, Inclusive, Care and Excellence (CHOICE), which underpins all of the subjects in our curriculum.

Our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible global citizens. We want children to explore what diversity is, why it is important and why we should be respectful of others.

We also want children to learn about their own identity, risks, decision-making and how to keep themselves safe and to develop skills to deal with challenges and dilemmas they face in the wider world.

We want our children to develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, within their families and as part of wider society, recognising the importance of healthy, positive relationships.


In the Foundation Stage, PSHE is delivered through the PSED element of the EYFS curriculum and ‘Development Matters’, where continuous provision is used to explore developmentally appropriate skills and knowledge, integrated into relevant topics covered throughout the year. A strong focus is on helping children develop the language and skills necessary to work co-operatively and to be able to self-regulate their behaviour enabling them to fully access the curriculum and build positive learning attitudes, relationships and behaviours.

We use excellent texts such as ‘The Colour Monster’ and ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’, drama and quality adult interactions to support children in developing their understanding and management of their emotions. Through modelling, challenges and opportunities to problem solve we teach our children the importance of resilience and perseverance, which underpin all that we do.

At Key Stage 1 and 2, PSHE is taught weekly through the PSHE Matters scheme of work, published by Derbyshire County Council. We ensure that we cover the Relationships and Health Education government statutory guidance. PSHE Matters is a spiral, progressive scheme of work that develops skills for life. There is a strong emphasis on difference and diversity, emotional literacy and helping children to stay safe and healthy.

There are 12 modules of study:

  1. Drug Education - including how to manage risk and peer influences.
  2. Exploring Emotions - including how to recognise and manage feelings and emotions.
  3. Being Healthy - including the importance of looking after our mental health.
  4. Growing up - including the Sex Education element.
  5. Changes - including loss.
  6. Bullying Matters - including how to ask for help.
  7. Being Me - including identity and community.
  8. Difference and Diversity - including challenging stereotypes.
  9. Being Responsible - including looking after the environment.
  10. Being Safe - particularly featuring cyber, gaming and CSE.
  11. Relationships - including what is a healthy relationship.
  12. Money Matters - including enterprise.


Each module consists of a series of learning opportunities, which teachers select and adapt to match the needs of the children in their class. These are taken from the PSHE Association Programme of Study statements which are based on the three core themes: Health and Well-Being; Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


At Borrow Wood, in addition to Relationships Education, we also teach aspects of Sex Education that are covered in our science curriculum. Children in Year 6 follow the PSHE Matters ‘Growing Up’ scheme of work in the summer term.

As well as using the PSHE Matters scheme and activities, we also help children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  • Assembly themes
  • Visitors such as Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, The Police and the school nurse
  • First Aid lessons
  • Online Safety focus days
  • Anti-bullying week
  • NSPCC ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme



By the time our children leave Borrow Wood, they will have an understanding of how to be healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. They will understand how they are developing personally and socially and how they might tackle moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They will have an understanding of rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.

They will know how to keep themselves safe and they will understand what constitutes a healthy relationship. 

Throughout their time with us they will be encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.