Horsforth Newlaithes

At Horsforth Newlaithes, our intent is to deliver a high quality PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. We aim to build on prior knowledge to ensure that we are offering a curriculum which is progressive and is building upon previous learning. Our curriculum enables children to become healthy, safe, independent and responsible members of a society and helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. It gives them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
SEMH - MindMate
Alongside our extensive and rich PSHE curriculum, we ensure our children have a deep understanding around the importance of positive mental health through our MindMate lessons. The intent is for our children to understand their own feelings, understand emotions and mental health, understand the changes during transition times and learn coping strategies to help deal with mental health issues.
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.

Relationships and Sex Education
Our intent is to deliver a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the understanding of RSE so that children know more, remember more and understand more. As a result, children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives.



At Newlaithes, we follow a clear and comprehensive scheme of work called You, Me, PSHE scheme in line with the National Curriculum. All lessons are age appropriate with the aim that all children achieve their fullest potential. The resource includes lesson plans, whole school and year group curriculum overviews, assessment activities (pre &post) and teaching resources to be used in the lesson.

The scheme is divided in to units which cover the following themes. Each topic in the scheme incorporates activities to establish the starting point of learners and assess progress. We want children to be successful learners and citizens and use the following threshold concepts to measure their skill progression: Try new things, Work hard, Concentrate, Push oneself, Imagine, Improve, Understand others, Not give up. Our curriculum is underpinned by knowledge categories which are threaded through the curriculum and include friendships and relationships, managing feelings, staying healthy and the wider world.


Our PSHE Curriculum is enhanced with MindMate Champions lessons. These lessons are divided in to units and they have been linked to our current PSHE unit themes. The following themes are taught across Key Stage 1 and 2:
• Feeling good and being me
• Friends and family
• Life changes
• Strong Emotions
• Being the same and being different
• Solving Problems

In PSHE lessons, it is important to establish a safe and supportive environment. Ground rules are agreed by the staff and pupils before the lesson begins and are adhered to throughout the lessons. Discussions are managed sensitively and the teacher responds appropriately to spontaneous questions and comments raised by pupils. The teacher is aware of vulnerable pupils and enables them to safely participate.

Our PSHE curriculum is also enhanced by assemblies, planned weeks/days and by inviting in visitors/people from the community such as: the police, NSPCC , local church etc. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured. We also cover a whole range of lifeskills including: British Values and the importance of it, road safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, bike safety, first aid and online safety.

There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class.

Pupil participation is integral to our school’s vision and ethos. Pupils have a range of opportunities to influence decisions which affect them.

We follow a clear and comprehensive RSE scheme of work within PSHE in line with the new recommendations of teaching RSE in National Curriculum. The teaching and learning of RSE is planned explicitly within each year group. The RSE programme of work is explicitly resourced. Parents are informed of the content of the RSE programme of work during the class transition meetings and further support / clarification is given if required.

In Early Years, PSHE is embedded through the EYFS statutory framework areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Understanding the World. It is at the heart of everything that we do. PSED supports children to have a positive sense of themselves, respect for others, social skills, emotional well-being and a positive disposition to learning. These are all crucial for school readiness.
Staff are clear on our philosophy of education understand that PSED levels are of the utmost importance to provide the children with life skills. The children are encouraged to be independent risk takers who are not afraid to be wrong. Through planning sessions, learning reviews and small group projects, children are
encouraged to persevere, manage their own time and conduct their own research and learning, to collaborative and learn to negotiate, speak well and listen constructively. These skills are at the heart of reception daily and are promoted through projects, planning sessions, learning reviews and key worker time.

By teaching children to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Our children will demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty. Our children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school, attendance will be high and behaviour will be exemplary.

Children will become more aware of RSE and have the real purpose of it. Children will develop positive and healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future. Children will understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level. Children will have respect for themselves and others. Children will have positive body images.


Assessment of children’s skills and knowledge is planned into the You, Me and PSHE Scheme of work. At the beginning of the topic pupils complete a pre-topic assessment activity, which is then repeated at the end of the topic. This enables pupils and teachers to understand and demonstrate the progress made. Pupils also complete a self-refection sheet at the end of each topic; to encourage self-evaluation and refection on learning within the topic as a whole unit of work

We also complete the My School survey in Year 5/6 in the summer term. The My Health, My School survey is a pupil perception survey that asks children and young people a range of questions under eight key themes: All About Me, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Sport, PE in School, Drugs Alcohol & Tobacco, Sexual Health, Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) and My School/College. We then use this data to inform our provision and PSHE content.


Threshold Concepts Knowledge Categories

Try new things

Work hard


Push oneself



Understand others

Not give up

Friendships and relationships

Managing feelings

Staying healthy

The wider world


Click here to download our intent statement for PSHE

Click here to download our long plan plan for PSHE

Click here to download our skills progression document for PSHE

No-one really knows exactly what the world will look like when our children leave school and are finding their roles in society. Our PSHE curriculum, and wider school curriculum and ethos, prepares our children for whatever path they choose and any challenges they may face along the way.