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St John’s provides a nurturing learning environment. We encourage mutual respect between adults and children alike, provide opportunities for responsibility and the development of self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. Likewise, we aim to develop children’s resilience when overcoming barriers and challenges they may face with a positive learning attitude. We foster the Growth Mindset approach to promote this through school. This empowers children to take leading roles in their own learning journey. It promotes positive outlooks and equips children with the passion to progress and the strength to believe in their own potential. The teaching and learning of PSHE supports and promotes this vision.


PSHE lessons teach diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that reflect society. It allows children to draw upon and share their own experiences as well as listen to the experiences of others. It offers reflection time, where children are encouraged to form their own opinions and develop their own attitudes and values. It guides children to develop themselves, their understanding of the

world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. PSHE in our school also helps children to understand British Values. This supports them to value themselves, respect others, appreciate differences and diversity and feel confident and informed as a British citizen.


How does PSHE look in our school?


Early Years.

In the Early Years, staff provide opportunities for children to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually and morally under the prime area of the Early Years Foundation Stage, ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development.’ This is underpinned in each of the 17 areas of learning, and is developed across the Early Years environment. As well as this, it is taught weekly in discreet Circle Time lessons. Issues and themes are usually discussed through emotion stories, role-play and discussions about first hand experiences.

Key Stage One.


In Key Stage 1, children are taught weekly discreet PSHE lessons where we aim for children to learn to:

  • manage their feelings in a positive way.
  • share their views and opinions.
  • make simple choices about their health and well-being.
  • recognise that bullying is wrong and list some ways to get help in dealing with it.
  • recognise the effect of their behaviour on other people.
  • identify and respect differences and similarities between people.

Key Stage Two.


In Key Stage 2, children also have weekly discreet PSHE lessons where we aim for children to learn to:

  • identify positive strategies in tackling new challenges.
  • discuss some of the bodily and emotional changes at puberty, and demonstrate some

ways of dealing with these in a positive way.

  • talk about a range of jobs, and explain how they will develop skills to work in the


  • make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles.
  • make judgements and decisions and list some ways of resisting negative peer

pressure around issues affecting their health and wellbeing.

  • describe bullying and develop ideas of how to tackle bullying.
  •  identify different types of relationships
  •  respond to negative behaviours.


Here are the units studied in each year group:



0.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Move your body

                                                                  A good night's sleep

                                                                  Scrummy snacks


                                                                  Hold on Harold


0.2 Relationships, feelings and emotions - I am sad sometimes


Year 1

1.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Eat well

                                                                  Our feelings

                                                                  Harold's wash and brush up

                                                                  Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

                                                                   I can eat a rainbow

                                                                   Healthy me

                                                                   Super sleep


1.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Harold loses Geoffrey

                                                                  Who can help?

                                                                  Harold's school rules

                                                                  What could Harold do?


1.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Harold learns to ride his bike

                                                                                 Then and now

                                                                                 Inside my wonderful body

                                                                                 Keeping privates private

                                                                                 Taking care of a baby


1.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Surprises and secrets

                                                                   Good or bad touches

                                                                   Unkind, tease or bully?

                                                                   Who can help?

                                                                   How are you listening?

                                                                   Pass on the praise.


1.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Thinking about feelings

                                                                    Harold has a bad day

                                                                    Who are our special people?

                                                                    Feelings and bodies


1.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - It's not fair!

                                                             Good friends

                                                             Same or different?


1.7 Living in the wider world, rules, rights and responsibilities - why we have classroom rules

                                                                                            Taking care of something

                                                                                            Our special people balloons


1.8 Living in the wider world, caring for the environment - Around and about the school


1.9 Living in the wider world - Money

                                               Harold's money

                                               How should we look after our money

Year 2

2.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - My day

                                                                  Harold's bathroom

                                                                  Harold's postcard - helping us to keep clean and healthy

                                                                  My body needs...

                                                                  What does my body do?


2.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - How safe would you feel?

                                                                  What should Harold say?

                                                                  Harold's picnic

                                                                  Respecting Privacy


2.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - You can do it!

                                                                           Sam moves house

                                                                           Haven't you grown!

                                                                           My body, your body


2.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Should I tell?

                                                            Solve the problem

                                                            A helping hand

                                                            I don't like that!

                                                            Bullying or teasing?

                                                            Types of bullying

                                                             Some secrets should never be kept

                                                             Feeling safe


2.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - How are you feeling today?

                                                              How do we make others feel?

                                                              My special people

                                                               Being a good friend

                                                               Let's all be happy!

                                                               Fun or not?


2.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - An act of kindness

                                                       What makes us who we are?

Year 3

3.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Derek cooks dinner (healthy eating)

                                                                  Poorly Harold

                                                                  Body team work


3.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - The risk robot

                                                            Safe or unsafe?

                                                            Helping each other to stay safe

                                                            Getting on with your nerves!

                                                            Alcohol and cigarettes: the facts

                                                            Help or harm?

                                                            None of your business!

                                                            Raisin challenge


3.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - My special pets

                                                                        Top Talents

                                                                        I am fantastic!

                                                                        My changing body


3.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Tangram team challenge

                                                            Looking after our special people

                                                            Danger or risk?

                                                            Body space

                                                            How can we solve this problem?

                                                            Friends are special


                                                            Relationship tree


3.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Secret or surprise?

                                                            Dan's Dare


3.6 Relationships Valuing Difference - Family and Friends

                                                       Respect and challenge

                                                       Let's celebrate our differences 


Year 4

4.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Making choices



4.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Danger, risk or hazard?

                                                          Who helps us stay healthy and safe?

                                                           Know the norms

                                                           Medicines: check the label

                                                           Picture wise

                                                           Keeping ourselves safe

                                                           When feelings change

                                                           Under pressure


4.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Moving House

                                                                         My feelings are all over the place!

                                                                         All change!

                                                                         Period positive


4.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - Ok or not ok?

                                                           Human machines

                                                           Can you sort it?



4.5 Relationships Feelings and Emotions - Different feelings

                                                             Secret or surprise?

                                                             How dare you?

Year 5

5.1 Health and Wellbeing Healthy Lifestyles - Smoking: what is normal?

                                                                  Getting fit

                                                                  It all adds up!


5.2 Health and Wellbeing Keeping Safe - Habits

                                                           Independence and responsibility

                                                           Our emotional needs

                                                           Would you risk it?

                                                           Being assertive

                                                           Drugs: true or false?

                                                           Spot bullying


5.3 Health and Wellbeing Growing and Changing - Different skills

                                                                         How are they feeling?

                                                                         Growing up and changing bodies

                                                                         Help! I'm a teenager - get me out of here!


5.4 Relationships Healthy Relationships - It could happen to anyone

                                                           Taking notice of our feelings

Year 6  


Growth Mindset


Here at Leigh St. John's  we believe that building resilience is the key to being successful in everything that you do. We explain to the children that there are  three zones of learning and invest a lot of time in teaching children about different strategies they can use if they feel they are in the 'Panic Zone'. These strategies are known to the children as 'Learning Powers'. In order to understand how learning powers work it is important to understand the three learning zones. These are as follows;


Comfort Zone 

This is a zone in which children can do the work without feeling challenged. They should not be in this zone for very long within a lesson as their brains are not being stretched and challenged as much as they can be.


Challenge Zone

This is a good zone to be in. In this zone children are growing their brains and moving on in their learning.  


Panic Zone

This zone is the zone that makes people feel uncomfortable and as the name suggests can send them into a panic. Children may enter this zone sometimes but it is important that they remember to use their Learning Powers to help them to get out of this zone and back into the Challenge Zone. 


Children at St John's will be focussing on eight different learning powers this year. These are as follows; 


  •  Be cooperative
  •  Have a go
  •  Don’t give up
  •  Have fun
  •  Be imaginative
  •  Be Curious
  •  Keep improving
  •  Concentrate


This year each class will be allocated one of the learning powers. They will explore this learning power and come up with strategies in which it can be applied in real life situations. Each class will also be creating a Learning Power Champion- a character who will be our St. John's mascot for that particular learning power. Once completed, these mascots will be shared in an assembly and each class will discuss the strategies their mascot uses to successfully use their learning power.  The Learning Power Champions will then be displayed around school and made visible to parents to encourage lots of discussion at home about the importance of resilience. 


If you would like to learn more about recent studies into the importance of resilience then follow the links below. 








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