PSHE and Relationships Education

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) underpins life at Sherwood Primary School and enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. In order to prepare young children for their future, it is vital that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become informed and independent citizens.

Our PSHE Curriculum has been carefully planned to support our pupils in progressively developing knowledge of:

  • Identity, personal strengths, attitudes and skills;
  • A healthy, balanced lifestyle;
  • Healthy relationships, including online relationships;
  • How to manage risks and stay safe, including online safety;
  • Diversity and Equality;
  • Drugs and their impact on a Healthy lifestyle;
  • Rights, Responsibilites and Consent;
  • Physical and Emotional changes associated with growth and puberty.

We provide a safe and supportive environment that supports and encourages pupils to ask questions in PSHE lessons. As appropriate, Question Boxes are also used to provide our children with the opportunity to ask a question that might arise during PSHE, privately or anonymously, if they prefer.


At Sherwood, high quality literature is woven through our Curriculum to enrich pupils learning and engagement with PSHE themes:

EYFS - Various texts : Equality and Diversity, The Naughty Bus: Resolving Conflict

Year 1 - Tusk, Tusk!: Resolving Conflict

Year 2 - Rosa Parks: Diversity and Human Rights

Year 3 - Nadine Dreams of Home: Diversity and Human Rights

Year 4 - Under the Skin: Diversity

Year 5 - The Long Walk to Freedom: Human Rights

Year 6 - Boy Overboard: Human Rights, War Games: Conflict Resolution


At Sherwood, our PSHE curriculum is rich in oracy opportunities for our children. With knowledge, skillls and vocabulary at the core of our curriculum, we are committed to using purposeful talk throughout PSHE to further enhance pupils learning. Vocabulary will be explicitly taught and modelled in PSHE with structured opportunities planned to enable all learners to develop the skills needed to talk effectively and with confidence.

PSHE is rich in cultural opportunities as pupils investigate the world and people around them with aim of understanding themselves and others. This is essential knowledge for pupils as they need the skills to be educated citizens who make a positive contribution to society.


Relationship Education

Relationships Education is compulsory for Primary pupils from September 2020. It is our aim at Sherwood to support our pupils to be happy, healthy and safe. We aim to provide our children with the information needed to develop healthy, nurturing relationships through their childhood and into adult life.  

Relationships Education at Sherwood will start in EYFS as our children develop their understanding of their own relationships with family and friends: how to treat each other with kindness and respect. This develops through KS1 as children are taught to recognise the difference between online and offline friendships. We will support our pupils to develop respect for others and for difference.

During the Summer Term 2019, in consultation with our parents, we developed a Curriculum Overview for each Year Group. Relationships Education forms part of our PSHE Curriculum.

An overview of the Parent Consultation is available below. This was discussed in detail at our Governor Curriculum Committee meeting. In addition to the Parent Questionnaire, our Curriculum rationale and content was also discussed at our Parent Multi-Faith Group to address some concerns and questions that arose from a Faith perspective.

We aim to work closely with our parents to deliver Relationships Education. Parents are invited to discuss any aspect of our Relationships Education with their child's class teacher or Headteacher.


Resources to Support the Delivery of our PSHE Curriculum in Year 5 and Year 6

Our children in Year 5 and Year 6 are supported in developing the knowledge of the physical and emotional changes that they will encounter during puberty. We use a series of short clips from the ASK LARA series and BBC TEACH Newsround to support the delivery of this content. The links to the clip are available in the overview below. 

Files to Download

Contact Us

Sherwood Primary School, Sherwood Way, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9GA

Mrs J Maddock | Tel: 01772 719093 | Email:

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Enquiries | Mrs K Hobson