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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit


At Smallwood school we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society.

We believe PSHE is an extremely important subject in developing our pupils’ understanding of their mental and physical health, to perfectly connect the pieces of personal, social and health education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. As a school we have decided to take a mindful approach to the teaching and learning of PSHE and use the PATHs curriculum

This scheme of work has a clear progression of skills that is built on the mindful approach to PSHE, while fulfilling the Department for Education’s statutory guidance on Relationships, Sex and Health education.

At Smallwood Primary School, we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.

The PATHs Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.

Our intent is for children to be taught PSHE in a calm environment where they feel safe and free to express their opinions and feelings, while supporting and listening to the ideas and emotions of others. We teach PSHE discretely twice a week for a minimum of 30 minutes as well as taking a holistic approach so the themes that are covered in PSHE lessons are running throughout each and every school day.

PSHE underpins the core of our school values, and can be seen being celebrated in the everyday lives of our Smallwood community:

  • Never give up
  • Everyone is equal
  • Believe in yourself
  • Always take part

We celebrate children’s achievements both academically, socially and emotionally to ensure we are giving our pupil’s the best tool kit leave primary school as well rounded, tolerant and accepting human beings that understand their physical and mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.