PSHE at Hawthorn

At Hawthorn, we teach PSHE both as individual lessons, but also through other lessons such as English, Science and Forest School. PSHE is split into three units in each year group which are 'Health and Wellbeing, 'Relationships' and 'Living in the Wider World'. The programme of study is set around age-appropriate objectives for each class.
Alongside PSHE, we also hold a Healthy School Plus award. This means that we work extra hard in school to make sure that all children and adults are as happy and healthy as possible. Our main focus for Healthy Schools Plus is dental health and dental hygiene, so we are doing lots of work around looking after our teeth and working closely with the Community Dental Service.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and well being play a vital role in education and impact on our students’ learning. Here at Hawthorn Primary School, we are committed to advancing and safeguarding students’ emotional wellbeing and good health.


For the first 4 weeks of our Autumn term we have had a whole school focus on ‘Mental Health and Well Being this is because, at Hawthorn, we are committed to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers). We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing is just as important to our lives as physical health.


We endeavour to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress. We aim to ensure that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role in ensuring that children learn about: what they can do to maintain positive mental health; what affects their mental health; how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and where they can go if they need help or support.


The children have worked within their classes around key texts in order to help them make sense of what has been happening around the world during the pandemic. Children have produced posters, cards, poems, artwork and stories in order to show their feelings and thoughts about their return to school.