Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Rights Respecting School (RRS)


At Windy Nook Primary School our intent is to provide children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and as an active member of a democratic society.

During Key Stages 1 and 2, the implementation of our PSHE curriculum offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness. It builds on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our PSHE curriculum helps pupils to stay healthy and safe, develop positive and worthwhile relationships and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and our community.

As a UNICEF Rights Respecting school, we ensure that the impact of this is measured by children’s ability to gain an understanding of both their rights and responsibilities as a child. They use this knowledge to learn how to respect differences between others and become involved in the life of their local and global community.

Our PSHE curriculum consists of three core themes: Health and well-being, Relationships and Living in the wider world.

Health and Well-being

This core theme focuses on:

  • what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • how to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  • about managing change, including puberty, transition and loss
  • how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing and to recognise sources of help with this
  • how to respond in an emergency
  • to identify different influences on health and wellbeing


This core theme focuses on:

  • how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships, within a range of social/cultural contexts
  • how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • how to recognise risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse
  • how to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  • how to respect equality and diversity in relationships

 Living in the Wider World: Economic Wellbeing and Being a Responsible Citizen

This core theme focuses on:

  • about respect for self and others and the importance of responsible behaviours and actions
  • about rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and ultimately as citizens
  • about different groups and communities
  • to respect diversity and equality and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  • about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively
  • the part that money plays in people’s lives
  • a basic understanding of enterprise

Alongside this, we deliver our Sex and Relationships Education, which was developed in consultation with staff, parents and governors and our Safeguarding curriculum.

In the Early Years, PSHE is linked to Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language development. For further information please refer to the Evidencing Subjects in the Early Years at Windy Nook Primary Document or click on the link for Birth to 5 Matters In the Early Years, PSHE is linked to Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language development.