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?

Through high quality sessions and embedding PSHE into our curriculum we believe that children at Sutton CP will have a wider knowledge of themselves and the world around them.

To ensure high quality, tailored teaching at Sutton CP, we have not signed up to any specific programme of teaching as we want to ensure our curriculum is personal to our school and children and also provide the flexibility to link current issues, either at local level, national level or global level. We are however members of The PSHE Association, which can be used for resources and up to date knowledge.  

The PSHE lead signposts staff and children to high quality resources, such as good book lists, videos, websites etc. They are also responsible for keeping all staff update with current knowledge and best practice.

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.

The above approach means that PSHCE curriculum and coverage is relevant to our children in our area, living in our world today.