PSHE at Hawthorn

‘Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also challenges and risks. In this environment children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way’.

DfE Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Statutory guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams, teachers. 

Our school is committed to promoting the health and well-being of the whole school community and fully recognises the important relationship between well-being and learning. Through PSHE and the wider curriculum we promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and work to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. PSHE education is extremely important to us, is at the heart of our school ethos and is embedded throughout all areas of the wider curriculum.


Each year group covers content related to three main themes: Living in the wider world, Relationships and Health and Well Being.  Where possible we make cross-curricular links between PSHE and other subjects, for example English, Religious Education, Physical Education, History and Geography.


PSHE learning comes in many different forms: through whole-class teaching, group activities, individual tasks, assemblies, outside speakers, cross-curricula lessons and discrete lessons. During PSHE sessions children are encouraged to both ask and answer questions, to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
A great deal of time is spent considering scenarios and possible responses to them.

Physical health and mental wellbeing at Hawthorn

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.


The physical health and mental wellbeing part of the new RSE curriculum will teach the children how to:

  • Make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
  • Recognise issues in themselves.
  • Recognise issue in others.
  • Seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

By the time children finish primary school, they will have been taught about the following:

  • Mental wellbeing.
  • Internet safety and harms.
  • Physical health and fitness.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Facts about drugs, alcohol and drugs and the risks associated with them.
  • Health and prevention of illness.
  • Basic first aid.
  • Changes to the adolescent body, including puberty