Henry Cavendish Primary School

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PSHE Curriculum Intent


1. Our curriculum will represent, value and celebrate the diverse society in which we live.

Our curriculum reflects our pupils and wider community so that they value themselves, each other and those that they share their world with. We want to represent and celebrate the diversity of our school, local and wider communities in order to ensure that when our pupils leave us they know that they can be and achieve anything that they set their minds to.


2. All children will develop into confident, articulate communicators.

Our PSHE curriculum is designed to enable pupils to develop relationships. We aim to ensure pupils develop social skills, listening and empathy; understand the consequences of their actions and ask for help when they need it. We want our pupils to be able to problem solve and develop into resilient learners, with an ability to persevere, risk-take and learn from their mistakes. Fundamental to our pupil’s progression in PSHE is developing emotional literacy and vocabulary. Our aim is to ensure our pupils know who to speak to when they are worried or feel unsafe in regards to themselves and others. 


3. All children will be challenged.

Our curriculum will challenge our pupils to engage with and respond to age appropriate ideas within each of our themes. Our pupils will be able to discuss, work with others and individually, in response to issues, challenges and topics. We encourage our pupils to think critically and reflect on their own actions, as well as the actions of those around them and the wider world. 


4. The topic and content of our Curriculum will be varied, immersive and engaging.

The themes we cover in our PSHE curriculum reflect the world we live in, in order to support our pupils becoming healthy, informed and reflective citizens who know that their contributions to their world are valued. Within these themes our pupils build upon their prior knowledge, skills and understanding so that they are increasingly able to manage various aspects of their lives with confidence, independence and maturity. 


5. All children will use their creativity.

Pupils will be able to explore the perspectives of others and to find solutions to creative and systematic problem-solving challenges. Pupils are encouraged to express their feelings in different ways and to draw upon their experiences. 


6. All children will become happy, empathetic and confident citizens.  

Alongside all of the above, the breadth of our curriculum ensures that our pupils are safe, healthy and equipped for life’s opportunities. The focus on our six themes prepares pupils for modern life. 


How is Geography Taught at Henry Cavendish?

Whole School Topic Overview and Progression of Skills


At Henry Cavendish, our PHSE themes follow the same pattern each year. As our pupils progress through their school journey, their understanding of the topic and themes deepen.





Wellbeing week


Family and relationships


Economic wellbeing

Safety and the changing body



Safety and the changing body



Y6 - Identity

Circle Time focus