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Safety, Learning and Respect - our three values. Thornhill Primary School is proud to be part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. 'Safeguarding given the highest priority' ( OFSTED 2019)


Curriculum Intent – PHSE


Curriculum Intent- PHSE

Through PHSE at Thornhill and Arlecdon Primary Schools we intend to equip our pupils with knowledge, skills and attributes which will keep them healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work in today’s Britain. 

Evidence shows that well taught PHSE helps academic and non-academic skills particularly of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. At both schools we have high proportions of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. We know we need to help our pupils manage the challenges and responsibilities they face now and as they grow up (unfortunately many of our children face too many challenges at a young age and take on more responsibilities than we would like children of their age to.) We work with some challenging children, who through no fault of their own, have issues that affect their academic and non-academic skills.

Teenage/young pregnancies, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of exercise, unemployment, high suicide rates, low self-esteem and a high proportion of mental health problems are all issues that affect our local communities and are, unfortunately, present (to some extent) in a large percentage of the households our children grow up in.

We aspire to ensure that a well delivered PHSE curriculum will tackle the barriers to learning listed above, raise aspirations, develop our children’s resilience, self-esteem, risk management skills, critical thinking and ultimately improve the life chances of all our children but especially our most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

All children access ‘Kidsafe’ lessons regularly which equips them with clear messages about how to keep themselves and others safe.


We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of the EYFS:

  • To be active listeners
  • To say how they feel
  • To respect differences
  • To explore life situations through role play

We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of the KS1:

  • To feel empathy towards others
  • To have coping strategies for extreme emotions
  • To determine risk
  • To keep themselves safe and healthy
  • To know Britain is a multi-cultural society


We aim for children to have the following skills and knowledge by the end of KS2:

  • To know what are healthy and unhealthy life choices and to recognise positive and negative relationships
  • To know the British values, why they are important and apply them to everyday situations
  • To know the 5 steps to well-being and how they can apply them to everyday life situations
  • To know how they can improve their environment
  • To have strategies to manage their emotions and know where to access help
  • To know how to keep themselves safe and healthy
  • To be financially aware

Early Years

Key Stage 1 coverage

Key Stage 2 coverage

The following Early years themes have a PHSE link (all other topics have a link to a lesser extent)

  • Playing games
  • Our village
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • People who help us
  • Road safety
  • Our bodies
  • Money and shopping
  • festivals
  • People who help us – including emergency services
  • Keeping ourselves safe
  • Keeping healthy – food and fitness
  • Looking after animals
  • Respecting differences
  • Who are special people to us?
  • Money matters
  • Our community/school
  • Making the right choices
  • Friendship
  • Being environmentally friendly
  • Sex and relationships education
  • Money matters – where does our money come from? Banks and keeping money safe
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Friendship, bullying, cyber-bullying
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Importance of freedom of speech, rights and responsibilities of freedom
  • Expressing feelings – my mental health well-being
  • Enterprise education – working together
  • Democracy and the ruls of Law (law and you)
  • The environment – reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Charities- what do they do?
  • Helping others – what to do in an emergency