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PSHE Policy


PSHE is taught through theme following our Dimensions Learning Means The World curriculum. In addition to this we use Dimensions Programme - 3D PSHE - in which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed in order to keep themselves healthy and safe whilst preparing them for life and work.

There are three underlying core themes taught throughout Dimensions 3D PSHE, within which there is broad overlap and flexibility:-

                 1.Health and Wellbeing


                 3.Living in the Wider World

Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities, enabling them to make significant contributions to both life in school and within the wider community. This allows them to become aware of their skills and talents, develop their self-worth, learn to work as part of a team and take greater responsibility for their own learning. In doing so, they are able to reflect and evaluate on how they are making progress.

Dimensions 3D PSHE supports the development of the attitudes, values, skills and behaviour which enable pupils to:-

  • Live healthy lifestyles
  • Address personal hygiene
  • Develop an awareness of changing and growing
  • Deal with different emotions in an appropriate way
  • Keep safe
  • Communicate well with others and work as a team
  • Define, identify and know how to respond to bullying
  • Know where and how to seek help when needed
  • Treat everybody with respect
  • Form and build positive relationships
  • Understand the reasons for rules, and their responsibility to keep them
  • Learn about their responsibility in caring for others
  • Be active in their own learning
  • Be active within their community
  • Manage money well
  • Keep safe online
  • Self-assess and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Know how to make emergency calls
  • Know basic First Aid
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully
  • Appreciate diversity
  • Empathise with other points of view
  • Express opinions clearly
  • Understand the changes that occur in puberty
  • Develop strategies for managing changing emotions

The focus of PSHE in St Matthew's is on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships and relationships with other children and adults.

3D PSHE teaches pupils, in an age-appropriate way, what a healthy relationship is, enabling them to form a clear understanding of the features of positive relationships that are likely to lead to fulfilment, happiness and security. Pupils learn what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them.

Our school’s careful use of 3D PSHE teaches about families in a well-judged and sensitive way, based on a clear knowledge of the pupils and their circumstances, reflecting that some children have different family structures and supportive relationships. They learn how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy. Establishing personal space and boundaries, showing respect and understanding, including the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact are the forerunners of teaching about consent, which takes place at secondary.

Our PSHE lessons teach pupils about online safety and appropriate behaviour online, including sharing data and ways in which information provided by users may be used negatively.

3D PSHE’s Relationship Education encourages the development and practice of resilience and perseverance, self-respect and self-worth. Pupils are taught about positive emotional and mental wellbeing, including how friendships can support mental wellbeing.

They also learn about safe relationships, focusing on boundaries and privacy and ensuring that they understand that they have rights over their own bodies. This also covers understanding boundaries in friendships with peers, in families and with others, in all contexts, including online. In 3D PSHE, pupils are clearly taught how to report concerns and seek advice when they suspect or know that something is wrong. 

Sex Education is not statutory in primary schools.

The National Curriculum for science includes subject content in related areas, such as the main external body parts, the human body as it grows from birth to old age (including puberty) and reproduction in some plants and animals.

St Matthew's use the 3D Sex Education Unit. This is tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of our pupils and supports pupils’ ongoing emotional and physical development effectively. We ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and, drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science, understand how a baby is conceived and born.

We consult parents before the 3D Sex Education Unit is taught in Year 6. Parents will be informed about the content of what will be learnt through the 3D PSHE Sex Education unit. We offer parents support in talking to their children about sex education and how to link this with what is being taught in school.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from our sex education lessons. 

Our 3D PSHE Sex Education teaching and materials are appropriate, having regard to the age and religious backgrounds, and any special educational needs or disabilities of our pupils.

PSHE Content and Coverage 

Y1 PSHE Overview

Y2 PSHE Overview

Y3 PSHE Overview

Y4 PSHE Overview

Y5 PSHE Overview

Y6 PSHE Overview

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