Welcome to St. Peter's CE Primary, Heswall! We are an Ofsted-rated GOOD school (2024) and a GOOD in all areas (2023) SIAMS-rated school!

A St Peter's Citizen

At St. Peter’s, we believe our golden thread of PETERS Values should weave its way through our curriculum, including our subject of PSHE.



Through our PSHE curriculum, we strive to help our pupils develop into happy, confident, well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community. 


Our PSHE curriculum is strongly tied to our Relationships and Health Education and we are guided by the statutory guidance for Relationships Education. Through this, all children will be taught the content in the following areas: 

  • Families and people who care for me

  • Caring friendships

  • Respectful relationships

  • Online relationships

  • Being safe

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Internet safety and harms

  • Physical health and fitness

  • Healthy eating

  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

  • Health and prevention

  • Basic first aid

  • Changing adolescent body

  • Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen


We intend for the principles and positive messages covered within PSHE to be integrated into whole school life and the ethos of the school. We intend that children’s attitude towards themselves, towards their learning and towards others will be positively strengthened through the knowledge and skills developed through our PSHE curriculum. 



PSHE is taught as a discrete lesson, every week and a range of teaching and learning styles are used, and strategies learnt are used throughout the children's time in school. The whole school follow the My Happy Mind Scheme of work. Clear ground rules regarding discussions are put in place to ensure a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. At St. Peter’s, we welcome visiting speakers, such as health workers and the police, to broaden the curriculum and share their real-life experiences. We also consult with the local community to ensure that local issues are covered in lessons.

We implement our curriculum using the My Happy Mind scheme which is organised into 5 units that are covered every year: 

Meet Your Brain

For the academic year 2023-24, we are introducing My Happy Mind and covering the first 2 units in Summer term. From September 2024 onwards, these 5 areas will be taught, starting in Autumn. After the units are completed, PSHE focuses on Keeping Healthy (CWP units of work), followed by further aspects of Relationship and Sex Education (Stockport units of work) in the Summer term.

In addition to discrete lessons, the PSHE and RSE objectives are covered in other areas of our curriculum, for example an aspect of health may form part of the Science curriculum and positive relationships may be explored through a shared book. PSHE and RSE objectives are also key when we are planning and delivering our Values Days, other whole school or year group specific themed days and Acts of Worship.

As a child moves through our school, their knowledge and understanding develops and deepens. The ideas and concepts that children explore are revisited, allowing children to continue to develop in order to prepare them for future learning and life. 



Our PSHE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to ensure progression. Our teachers measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A knowledge check at the beginning of each unit to see what the children already know

  • Make links to previous learning 

  • Start lessons with a recap of understanding from the previous session

  • Provide opportunities for open-ended tasks, to allow the more able to demonstrate their greater knowledge

  • Assess children at the end of the unit to ascertain their learning

  • Continue to assess children by observing how their growing knowledge and understanding is applied in areas other than in PSHE lessons (for example during book discussions or answers given in Acts of Worship)


The leadership team check that this impact is being secured through monitoring the subject on a regular and frequent basis. The method of monitoring supports the ongoing development of the curriculum. This includes:

  • Staff subject knowledge, which is audited each year to ensure knowledge is secure, and additional support provided if necessary

  • Termly staff meetings (to discuss current practices, keep all staff abreast of any changes and to identify needs)

  • A ‘pupil voice’, which is conducted at the beginning and end of each year to allow pupils to contribute to their curriculum content

  • Termly monitoring of work 

  • Tracking of content against the long-term plan of the school, to ensure the full breadth of the curriculum is met.


The impact of this is that children at St. Peter’s are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge and are secure in their understanding of the characteristics of positive relationships and emotional and mental wellbeing. This will enable them to be resilient individuals, ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.