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 (please click the link  below).The curriculum is taught in variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child-initiated learning in well-resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors. For more information, please se the EYFS Curriculum. 

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 structured into the 5 themes of Me and My Relationships, Me and My Future, Keeping Myself Safe, My Healthy Lifestyle and Becoming an Active Citizen. Additionally, the units from SEAL - Social and Emotional Aspects to Learning topics (Good to Be Me, Going for Goals, Relationships, New Beginnings, Getting on and Falling Out and Changes) are used to enhance the PSHE curriculum. A rolling programme ensures that all pupils receive their full entitlement to the PSHE curriculum within our mixed-age class structure. 

How our pupils are taught (implementation): 

Discrete lessons are taught to a 2 year rolling programme. In Key Stage 1, PSHE lessons are taught in discrete lessons including Circle Time. In Key Stage 2, lessons are taught by a dedicated PSHE teacher in a three-weekly cycle with French and Music (PSHE lessons take place two out of every three weeks.)

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.