Purpose and rationale

Why do pupils at Ark Kings need to study PSHE?

By studying PSHE, pupils will understand how to develop attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and a citizen in modern society. They will learn how PSHE plays a big part in how action, consequences and opportunities can shape their lives and our society today. As a highly disadvantaged community, it is imperative non-academic knowledge, skills and outcomes feature heavily across our curriculum so they can embrace everyday challenges. They will understand how attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education) can affect their life chances. Pupils will be accepting and tolerant of the wider community and world, developing high aspirations.

All through curriculum overview

The PSHE curriculum takes objectives from all three core themes, Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, living in the Wider World to form half-termly units, each of which responds to a ‘big question’. The overarching key questions act as the topic titles or themes and are shared with pupils to explain what they will be learning about that half term. PSHE can be taught as a stand-alone lesson, discreetly within your half termly units (wider curriculum links) or as part of an integrated curriculum theme.

All through overview by term


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

How do we build positive relationships?

What makes us healthy?

How do we keep safe?

How do we feel?

What makes us special?

Year 2

What are rights and responsibilities?

What is bullying?

What keeps us healthy?

What is the same and different about us?

How do we show our feelings?

How can we keep safe in different places?

Year 3

What are the rules that keep us safe?

What can we do about bullying?

What are we responsible for?

How can we describe our feelings?

Does diet and exercise affect how I feel?

How do we manage different viewpoints?

Year 4

What is diversity?

What makes a good friendship?

How do we grow and change?

How can we keep safe in our local area?

Year 5

What makes a community?

What does racism mean?

How can we manage our money?

What choices help health?

How can we be safe online and using social media?

What makes us enterprising?

Year 6

What makes a healthy and positive relationship?

What are human rights?

How can money affect us?

How can we maintain good physical and mental health?  

How can we manage risks?

Year 7

How do I ensure I achieve my potential at Ark Kings?

Who are my community?

What are my aspirations?

Year 8

How do I achieve happiness in my life?

Why should we appreciate diversity?

How does the media affect my image?

Year 9

How do I achieve my own self-care?

What is a consenting relationship?

How can I be an active citizen?

Year 10

How do I achieve mental Health?

What is a healthy relationship?

What is my place in British society?

Year 11

How do I achieve once I have left school?

How can I financially prepare for my future?