"PSHE education is the school subject through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future"

 PSHE Association



At Bowness we know how important it is to develop a supportive learning environment that promotes the emotional, personal and social development of all children. PSHE teaches children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. We want our pupils to become responsible members of society, and so through the PSHE curriculum, we encourage them to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community both now and in the future.

Through the explicit teaching of mental and emotional health, we promote pupils’ wellbeing through an understanding of their own and others’ emotions and the development of healthy coping strategies. It also contributes to safeguarding, providing pupils with knowledge, understanding and strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe, as well as equipping them to support others who are facing challenges.

PSHE also enables them to reflect on and clarify both their own and British values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of attitudes and values they encounter now and in the future.

At Bowness Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our PSHE & RSE key concepts and ideas are:

  1. Children will learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. (Global Citizenship)
  2. Children will develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national and global issues and political and social institutions (Global Citizenship)
  3. Children will make confident and informed choices about their health and environment; take responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; and to resist bullying. (Future readiness)
  4. Children will recognise the different risks in different situations and then decide how to behave responsibly, including judging what is acceptable and unacceptable. (Future readiness and Global Citizenship)
  5. Children will understand that differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability. (Global Citizenship and Future readiness)

*Links to Core Values

Characteristics of a child growing up as a successful citizen in modern Britain

  • Be able to demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others, and identify positive ways to face new challenges.
  • The ability to express their views confidently, and listen to and show respect for the views of others.
  • The ability to make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles.
  • The ability to identify some factors that affect emotional health and well-being.
  • Ability to identify different types of relationships and show ways to maintain good relationships.
  • Research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events.
  • Understand why and how rules are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and take part in making and changing rules.
  • Demonstrate respect and tolerance towards others, and resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choices
  • Shown an appreciation of the diversity of religious, and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and describe some of the different beliefs and values in society.
  • Be able to articulate the meaning of the British Values and how these support harmony within their own and wider communities.

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future:

  • Guide Dog Trainer
  • Rehoming Assistant
  • Kit Manager
  • Attractions Manager

For more careers, please visit First Careers.


PSHE & RSE Long Term Plan

National Curriculum: Programme of Study

PSHE & RSE Curriculum Intent Statement

RSE Policy 

RSE Guide For Parents