Houghton Primary School

Personal, Social and Health Education

Details of the Personal, Social and Health Education Curriculum for each year group for each term can be found on the class webpages.

At Houghton Primary School we believe that good quality provision within a PSHE curriculum is essential. It underpins so much of what we do at the school in terms of developing confident, independent individuals who engage positively and socially with each other and keep healthy in mind and body.

We aim for PSHE to provide pupils with: 

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to turn that knowldge into personal understanding
  • oppotunities to explore, clarify and, if necessary, challenge their own and others' values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives

Our approach to PSHE draws on good practice, and closely follows government guidelines on best practice. PSHE is a non-statutory subject which we choose to teach because we think it is important.  We particularly ensure that we equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, and meet the statutory government guidance for our taught age groups concerning: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Our PHSE programme helps children to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives now and in the future, as individuals, parents, workers and members of society. It is embedded within the wider learning offered by the school to ensure that children experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported. 

We choose to follow the Cambridgeshire Personal Development Programme produced by the Cambridgeshire PSHE Service. The programme is developmental, ensuring progression from Reception to Year 6. It focuses four essential themes;

Myself and my relationships

…including emotional wellbeing, beginning and belonging, anti-bullying, family and friends and managing change.



…including diversity and communities, rights, rules and responsibilities and working together


Economic Wellbeing

…including financial capability


Healthier and Safer Lifestyles

…including personal safety, drug education, sex and relationship education, healthy lifestyles and safety contexts (including road safety).


During PSHE lessons children have opportunities for discussion, role-play and time to reflect.  The design of the PSHE curriculum also teaches children how to make decisions and to take responsibility.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Our aims, approach and content for Sex and Relationships Education are set out in a policy and practice document which was created by a working party of staff, governors and parents. Please click here to download it.