Curriculum Statement: PSHE

 ‘Excellence, Truth and Grace’

‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’

Philippians 4: 8-9 


Curriculum Intent

At Middleton Parish Church School, we recognise the increasingly complex world our children are part of.  Our PSHE curriculum offers a sequence of progressive lessons that provide the building blocks to equip our children with the necessary skills, habits and mind set to become happy, productive and successful members of society.  PSHE is at the heart of all teaching and learning at Middleton Parish and links closely to our collective worship programme and school wide assemblies; the curriculum is lived out by children in their daily actions and efforts.  We follow the HeartSmart scheme to support the teaching and learning of PSHE, using a curriculum map to ensure that statutory requirements in relation to health and relationships are met. Through Boris, HeartSmart’s very own purpose built robot, a series of memorable, fun, interactive and dynamic ways for children to explore their hearts; the very thing that makes them unique. The PSHE curriculum supports children with learning to make healthy choices and decisions with lessons supporting the recognition and celebrating of diversity.


Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be:

  • Ready to Learn: Our curriculum scaffolds children’s learning year on year, promoting a deep understanding of themselves and others. Children recognise their emotions and the emotions of others and begin to accept responsibility for their own actions. They understand what being ‘ready’ looks and feels like and learn to support and encourage each other at all times.
  • Respectful: Children learn to explore the emotions and feelings, developing a respect for themselves and others. They learn to understand what effects our emotions, how they can present and how to deal with them effectively as well as how to support others. As they develop, children learn to be inclusive and listen to the ideas of others. They practise being diplomatic and demonstrate respect for people with different ideas and opinions to their own. They understand that their opinion may not always be shared and are taught to listen to alternative opinions with an open mind. Children learn to respect their bodies and the bodies of others Children will have an understanding, and be respectful of, a variety of different cultures, environments and perspectives. Children are taught to respect their environment and belongings and the belongings of others. They learn about appropriate touch and consent. They learn about respectful communication with each other, both in person and online.
  • Reflective: Children are taught how to, and are encouraged to, seek answers to their questions and share their thoughts and ideas comfortably knowing that they will be respected. They will understand that it is ok to change an opinion by listening to each other as they may be presented with a differing view point that they had not yet considered.  Children are supported to talk openly about their learning and their experiences. They understand the correct channels that can support them in seeking help when they need to.


Aspirational: Children are encouraged to be aspirational in their hopes and plans for the future. They are taught that their future belongs to them and they are capable of great things. They are taught that attitudes play a huge part in our outcomes and how their actions support and influence the actions of others. Children are taught to make healthy choices and be brave and bold when deciding on what is right for them. They understand that following others may not always lead them to the outcomes that are best for them and the importance of making choices according to their own ideals.