PSHE at Northfield Manor Primary Academy


Personal Social Health and Economic Education

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) programme at Northfield Manor Primary Academy is designed to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and global citizens.

Through our PSHE programme and through the wider curriculum we want our pupils to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop good relationships with peers
  • Understand and value themselves and others
  • Make informed choices regarding personal, economic and social issues
  • Understand safety and e-safety
  • Be self-confident and aspirational
PSHE at Northfield Manor Primary Academy is taught through half-termly units, with the whole school focusing on the same theme at the same time. Each year group is taught one lesson per week, which is delivered in an age- appropriate way in order to meet and support the children’s needs. These themes are sequential and developmental throughout the academic year. This year, in autumn 1, we will be starting with a different theme to support their children with their return to school. The details are as follows:

PSHE will be a vital part of the Recovery Curriculum (History in the Making) for our pupil’s return in September with much focus on transition and pupil’s mental health & well-being. It will be important for pupils to be given opportunities to talk about their experiences of lockdown, their thoughts and feelings about coming back to school and dealing with any worries/anxieties, including who they can talk to & who can help them. Much of this will be done through circle time and story sessions in the classroom. This will help to ensure our pupils feel safe and secure back in their school community and are ready to learn. 

 The themes taught through the year are:


Autumn 1

Recovery Curriculum

Includes discussing experiences of lockdown, supporting wellbeing and helping pupils feel safe and secure in their school community.


Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work



Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events


Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices


Summer 1


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills


Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change.

Our school assemblies work in conjunction with these themes, enabling focus areas to be shared across the school, underpinning learning behaviours, school ethos and high expectations. Our school values, school rules and British Values are embedded through the teaching of PSHE as well as through our school assemblies.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

At Northfield Manor Primary Academy, we believe that Relationships and Sex Education needs to be taught in a sensitive manner and at an age-appropriate level. We communicate with parents on the content of sex education lessons in school, enabling parents to discuss any concerns they have and view the teaching materials before they are taught.