Girl and 3 boys stood on the rope bridge in the playground

PSHE and Citizenship is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for future life and work. We want them to thrive as individuals, family members and as active citizen in society. PSHE has impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils.


At Cononley Primary School, pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS Curriculum for the Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The curriculum is taught in variety of ways through adult-led, adult-supported tasks and child-initiated learning in well-resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors. The EYFS curriculum provides the foundations for the themes which are taught in Key Stage 1 and 2. Circle Time takes place weekly. 

What our pupils will learn (intent):

In Key Stage 1 and 2, we use the North Yorkshire PSHE Curriculum which provides a well-sequenced framework for teaching and learning. Lessons are organised into five themes: Me and My Relationships, Me and My Future, Keeping Myself Safe, My Healthy Lifestyle and Becoming an Active Citizen. The themes are taught each year, with the lesson content adapted so that it is age-appropriate.

How our pupils are taught (implementation): 

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, PSHE lessons are taught in discrete weekly lessons. Teachers make use of resources recommended by the local authority. Weekly Circle Time also takes place and the format of the sessions includes elements of the PHSE curriculum. 

The PSHE curriculum is enriched in a variety of ways including:

  • Co-operative Learning -a structured programme used throughout school to teach children strategies for working together and improving learning.
  • Visits from the school nurse to EYFS to discuss importance of hygiene and hand-washing
  • Taking part mock general elections and a mock EU referendum
  • Voting for house captains and school council representatives
  • Taking part in themed weeks such as Anti-bullying Week, British Parliament Week, Wellbeing Week, Internet Safety Week.

Progression and Assessment

Ongoing observational assessments are made and lessons adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Sometimes, pupils are recommended for interventions, for example, to support well-being or friendships, as a result of observations made by staff during PSHE lessons.


The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning and through pupil discussions about their learning. Pupil surveys such as the Health and Wellbeing Survey: Growing Up in North Yorkshire and the Anti-Bullying Survey are completed bi-annually and the data is used to inform the curriculum.