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At Village Infants we aim to deliver a PSHE curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as children and as an adults in the future.


We deliver a curriculum that encourages our children to be healthy, independent and responsible members of a society, who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and we aim to give them the confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We also provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Moreover our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to demonstrate the school values of perseverance, resilience kindness and curiosity and actively seek leadership opportunities within our school and within their local community.




Reception and KS1 to have weekly PSHE lessons (based on SEAL/Growth mindset lessons)


Teachers use a range of teaching and learning styles, including activities such as discussion, role-play, games, assemblies, investigations, circle-time, problem-solving activities and outdoor learning and drama sessions. Children are provided with frequent opportunities to have their voice heard and because of this; they play an active part in school life. Children are able to express their opinions and views through questionnaires, school council discussions, various elections and comments on various correspondence throughout the year e.g. reports, annual questionnaires, work and homework. Children have the opportunities to meet and work with members of the community, such as health workers, firefighters, police, and representatives from the local church and community




Through systematic teaching of PSHE by the end of Reception most children will be able to:


  •  say that they need to exercise and eat healthy foods (including fruit and vegetables and drink water) to stay healthy.
  • dress/ undress themselves independently,  toilet themselves and remember to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating.
  • confidently speak in a small group
  • ask for help/state clearly when they don’t need help
  • try new things
  • express preferences (share likes and dislikes)
  • talk about feelings and how they and others show different emotions
  • discuss their own behaviour
  • know/be able to explain what types of behaviour are not acceptable
  • follow rules (school, garden etc)
  • learn to follow routines easily
  • play well with a partner or in a small group (co-operate and turn taking)
  • take other children viewpoints when setting up or playing a game or activity
  • be mindful of peoples feelings and what they need (think of others)
  • form friendships and make good relationships with adults
  • talk about themselves (now and when they were younger)
  • talk about their family
  • understand and accept other people may not like the same things they do
  • discuss things that are the same or different in relation to  friends/family/people/festivals and traditions
  • talk about how places are the same or different to each other and then apply this idea to objects, materials and living things
  • talk about where they live, and some of the features of where they live then apply this to their school and some local places in Dagenham ( The Heathway, the park, the train station).  They will be able to discuss the differences of each places.
  • talk about changes they notice with animals or plants, trees or flowers they look at


By the end of KS1 most children will:

  • explain what a healthy lifestyle consists of
  • say how to stay safe (around household objects and medicines)
  • share their likes and dislikes with familiar groups and/or adults
  • state what they are good at
  • set realistic goals for themselves
  • name the main body parts
  • control their feelings when interacting with different groups of people (friends, adults, family members)
  • know what to do if they encounter negative relationships
  • treat everyone they meet with respect and treat everyone they meet equally
  • respect the diversity of relationships they encounter and learn about
  • discuss their own viewpoints and feelings and listen to the feelings and viewpoints of others
  • work together and play together respectfully and co -operatively
  • name and show respect for the things that are the same and different between people
  • name the groups they belong to (clubs, religious groups, family, school and class)
  • show some understanding of how we can look after our school environment which in turn will help look after our planet (litter, energy, plastics, recycling etc)
  • be good citizens and active participants in class by following class and school rules.



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