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Melbourne Primary School

Melbourne Primary School Melbourne Primary School



The PSHE subject leader is Abi Williams.


Intent                                                                                     “Prepared for life.”

We believe that through the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Education) and Citizenship, that our pupils become healthy, independent and responsible members of society, who understand about their rights and responsibilities as an individual and show empathy and understanding to others. It develops their sense of self-worth by encouraging them to play a positive role in school life and the wider community.


The PSHE education programme of study are organised into three core themes:

  1. Health and wellbeing
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world (covering economic wellbeing and careers)

These themes include various topics related to physical and mental health, alcohol and drug education, relationships (and sex) education, economic wellbeing and careers.

At Melbourne we use a spiral curriculum called SCARF: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship. SCARF provides a whole-school approach to building these essential foundations – crucial for children to achieve their best, academically and socially.

Creating a safe learning environment

Within each class, teachers organise lessons that deal with potentially sensitive subjects by creating a safe and secure learning environment. This helps our children feel confident to share their ideas, values and attitudes without fear of negative feedback from peers. This safe learning environment with clear boundaries also helps teachers to manage discussions on sensitive issues with greater confidence.

Changes to the curriculum from 2020

At present PSHE is not a statutory subject however from September 2020 it will become statutory to deliver Relationship and Health Education in primary schools. We are being encouraged by the Department of Education to deliver Sex Education that ensures that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes adolescence brings and (drawing on the knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the National Curriculum for Science) how a baby is conceived and born. Health Education will cover the key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body.

At Melbourne Primary School, we have always taught a curriculum which prepared our children for changes to their bodies and how babies are conceived. The lessons we teach are always age appropriate and as well as our PSHE lessons, these lessons are taught within a safe learning environment in a sensitive manner.


At Melbourne School we believe that through teaching of PSHE and Citizenship, we enable children to…

  • Become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society, by playing a positive role in contributing in all areas of the life of the school and the wider community.
  • Show the ability to adapt and change when difficulties arrive, showing empathy and acceptance of any situation.
  • Develop self-confidence, self-belief, self-esteem and self-discipline and commitment so that they reach the highest standards of which they are capable.
  • Develop a healthy, safe lifestyle with the ability to make appropriate risk assessments.
  • Develop good, caring relationships and respect the differences between members of the school and the wider community.
  • Develop lively, enquiring minds, to acquire knowledge and develop the skills of communication and information handling which equip them for adult life.
  • Develop pupils' knowledge and understanding of global challenges such as poverty, inequality and sustainability.
  • Understand some basic principles of finances.
  • Experience the process of democracy through participation in the School Council.

All these beliefs are incorporated into our school values.

PSHE around school


Examples of recent work

Progression of skills

Below you will find a document that maps the knowledge and the skills that the children will learn from the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

PSHE Policy

Below you with find the PSHE and Citizenship policy at Melbourne Primary School. The document includes information regarding our aims and approach to the teaching of PSHE.


Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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