At Sutton in Craven Community Primary School the curriculum is designed with our pupils at the heart of all we do. Our vision is to be a place, ‘Where Learners Grow.’ is promoted through a curriculum that caters for all aspects of learning and promotes development of the whole child.


Through our PSHE programme, we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. In providing children with an understanding of healthy and respectful relationships and appropriate boundaries, we consider effective PSHE and RHE to be a fundamental part of our approach to supporting pupils to grow into confident, caring, responsible and respectful young citizens. We are building a kind community where everyone is nurtured and celebrated.

At Sutton in Craven CP RHE is taught within the Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum. In addition, some aspects of the RHE programme will be covered through:

 ∙ Science curriculum

 ∙ Computing

 ∙ Circle times 

∙ Assemblies

 ∙ Stories

 ∙ PE in the context of health and hygiene 

PSHE is lifelong learning about personal, physical, moral and emotional development. It should teach children and young people to develop and form positive values, attitudes, personal and social skills, and increase their knowledge and understanding of how to make informed decisions and life choices.

The aims of PSHE and RHE at our school are:

  • To help pupils to value self and others, develop confidence and empathy
  • to become resilient individuals 
  • To give pupils the skills to form positive and healthy relationships
  • For our pupils to be appreciative and grateful.
  • To provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • To teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies 
  • To prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of the importance of health and hygiene
  • To provide all pupils with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to make positive and healthy choices to keep themselves safe.
  • To ensure that pupils have the right knowledge to make informed and responsible decisions.

We want to foster an inclusive and tolerant attitude within our pupils and this will be promoted through work around:

  • skills to help others  e.g. first aid and BSL
  • valuing different ethnic groups and faiths
  • promoting diversity 
  • valuing  the different life choices  people 
  • challenging  stereotypes

Implementation- How do we achieve our aims?

 We currently use the curriculum framework from Coram life, called SCARF. SCARF provides the framework for a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values:  






SCARF provides a whole-school teaching framework centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach – promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.  The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold the giraffe and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities.  As children get older, while they still cherish Harold, themes about wellbeing and relationships are explored in greater depth and resources are tailored to their age group. 

SCARF provides a strong foundation for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) and development; it is at the heart of the SCARF curriculum.  SCARF provides a robust framework for promoting a positive ethos and values across the school community, contributing significantly to British Values education, both explicitly and implicitly.

SCARF also ensures that all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship are covered throughout school through age appropriate lessons and by addressing a range of topics, for example: anti bullying, managing risk, sex education, drug misuse, managing money and dealing with emotions. 

SCARF is split into six units of work: Me and My Relationships; Valuing Differences; Keeping myself safe; Rights and Responsibilities; Being my Best and Growing & Changes.

Lessons in PSHE happen every week and topics covered are detailed on our school long term and medium term plans. 

PSHE is,however, also entwined throughout our curriculum  and school life as detailed above.


We believe the impact of our PSHCE curriculum is to to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens of both our local and global communities.

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