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.
At NMPA we strongly believe that tolerance and acceptance are vital skills for the children to learn and develop in order to become good citizens in our ever-changing society.

The themes taught through the year are:

Autumn 1

Being Me in My World

Understanding my place in the class, school and global community.


Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Diversity work and anti -bullying (including internet safety)     



Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, careers and economic lessons from the Natwest MoneySense programme.


Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes healthy lifestyle choices, drugs & alcohol education and mental health & well-being.


Summer 1


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


Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes life cycles, growing up and puberty, looking ahead and coping positively with 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.

RHE (Relationships & Health Education)

As of September 2020, Relationships & Health Education is statutory which means all schools must teach it. At Northfield Manor, we do not teach sex education, other than in the science curriculum.  In science, children will learn about life cycles and the processes from conception, through birth and death. Puberty is taught to Year 5 and 6 through PSHE lessons as well as science.