At St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary, PSHE is at the heart of our ethos and our curriculum enables pupils to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become happy and healthy members of our community. Our whole school approach to PSHE provides pupils with the early building blocks to allow them to succeed and thrive, both in the next step of their academic journey and within their future life in modern Britain. We believe that these building blocks, with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing, provide a foundation to empower children to feel safe and happy and achieve across the curriculum and in their future lives.

Our PSHE curriculum is based on the You, Me and PSHE scheme, which covers many topics such as keeping safe and managing risk, mental health and wellbeing and physical health. This is supplemented with resources from other organisations, for example NSPCC, NHS Every Mind Matters and MindMate. We follow a spiral curriculum, with key topics revisited at an age appropriate level, which meets the statutory RSE requirements and is in line with the National Curriculum. We want our PSHE curriculum to enable children to feel safe and confident, be able to identify and manage risk and develop the knowledge and skills to lead a physically and mentally healthy life. 

At St Bartholomew’s, we understand the importance of PSHE and promote it throughout school. We aim to create a safe and happy learning environment for all pupils, where they can speak openly and access further support if needed. Pupils in KS2 complete the My Health My School survey to share their views and this is used to develop our curriculum and ensure it is led by the needs of the children. We also strive to provide our diverse mix of pupils with engaging events and experiences linked to our PSHE curriculum through themed weeks, workshops and visitors from members of our community.

Curriculum - PSHE

Curriculum - PSHE - Useful Links

BBC Bitesize Bullying Clips

BBC Own It



Childline - Calm Zone


Health for Kids

Safety Net Kids


Young Minds


Curriculum - PSHE - Teddy Bear Hospital

Reception were very excited to welcome some special visitors to school to run a project called 'Teddy Bear Hospital'. The visitors were students from the University of Leeds who ran workshops based around topics including healthy eating and dental health. They also brought some medical equipment such as stethoscopes for the children to explore.


Curriculum - PSHE - Midwife Visit

Reception had a special visitor called Alex who is a midwife. She told us all about her job and how she helps mummies and their babies. She even brought in her baby for us to see!


Curriculum - PSHE - Anti Bullying Week

The children in all year groups enjoyed celebrating Anti-Bullying week by taking part in Odd Socks Day! The theme of this year's week was 'Reach Out' and so the children learnt about who they could reach out to if they needed help. They also thought about how they could be a good friend to others.


Curriculum - PSHE - Games from around the World

Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Dan who came to teach us some playground games. This was linked to our PSHE topic for this half term. We loved learning some games from different places around the world that we can now play ourselves at playtime.


Curriculum - PSHE - Walk to School Week

We have been celebrating Walk to School Week by learning all about the reasons why it is good to walk to school. In EYFS and KS1 we have described what we see and hear on our walk to school and have been drawing pictures. In KS2 we enjoyed writing acrostic poems all about our walk to school and why it is good for us and the environment. We also had a competition to see which class had the most children who walked to school. Classes 6 and 16 won the competition and won an extra playtime each. Well done!


Curriculum - PSHE - Children's Mental Health Week

In class 6 this week our PSHE learning linked really well to Children's Mental Health Week as we were exploring how mental health contributes to a healthy lifestyle. We discussed that we all will feel anxious, sad or angry at times but it's important to have strategies to help us feel calm and happy again. We shared lots of strategies, including breathing exercises, colouring, thinking positive thoughts, exercise and resting. 


Curriculum - PSHE - Classroom Kitchen

Year 2 had a great time at their classroom kitchen workshop. They learnt all about healthy eating and then made their own delicious fruit yoghurt pots.


Curriculum - PSHE - PANTS Rules

The children had lots of fun learning the PANTS rules and listening to the Pantosaurus song for How to Keep Safe Week. They even designed their own pair of pants!


Curriculum - PSHE - Sun Safety Week

Across school, children have enjoyed learning how to stay safe in the sun during Sun Safety Week   They have found out what they could wear, where they could go to keep out of the sun and what dangers the sun possesses.

Curriculum - PSHE - Safety Week

For Safety Week, the children enjoyed learning about rail, road and online safety. They made some great posters to share what they have learnt. 


Curriculum - PSHE - Smoking

In PSHE, we have been learning about peer pressure in relation to smoking. We talked about the health risks associated with smoking and then worked in groups to act out scenes from a situation card. We talked about what a good choice would be for each character and concluded that we should never give into peer pressure. 


Curriculum - PSHE - Opinions of Others

Class 10 have been learning about respecting the opinions of others in PSHE. We listened to two different versions of the same story and decided whether we thought the villain was really a villain or not. We had the opportunity to ask the characters some questions to help us make our minds up. It was really interesting to see how some of our friends changed their minds based on hearing the other character’s perspective and also by listening to people in our class who had the opposite point of view.


Curriculum - PSHE - RSE

Class 14 have been investigating different toiletries, what they are used for and why as part of our RSE unit. We have been understanding the importance of keeping clean especially as our bodies grow and changes start to happen.  


Curriculum - PSHE - St Giles Trust Visit

Year five had an assembly lead by the St Giles trust. We learnt about how to be a good citizen and the importance of rules in society. All the children were really engaged and had lots of ideas and offered lots of brilliant answers to the questions and problems posed by the speaker. Great work year five. 


Curriculum - PSHE - Legal / Illegal Drugs

Well done class 17 who presented their research on legal and illegal drugs in PSHE.


Curriculum - PSHE - Role Models

Mr Needham was looking over PSHE books from class 15 and saw the work children had completed on role models at the beginning of term. Two children had chosen the Queen - they had written about all the qualities they liked about her.